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Did India vote in favour of death penalty for homosexuals at the UN? Is this where we're at?

Oh, and US is also on the same boat

Ujjainee Roy @UjjaineeRoy 6 October 2017, 5:49 PM
In a monumental move, India has taken a step back

In a monumental move, India has taken a step back Image: AFP

Quick recap: If you're an adult in a consenting relationship with a person of the same sex in India, you might just be subjected to a death penalty. But marital rape? That's cool. India recently opposed a United Nations resolution denouncing the state killing of people in a homosexual relationship. India is one of the 13 countries which wants its LGBTQ people dead. Some of the other countries being United States, China and Japan.

On September 29, United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) passed a resolution condemning the "imposition of the death penalty as a sanction for specific forms of conduct, such as apostasy, blasphemy, adultery, and consensual same-sex relations”. Among the 47 members of the UNHCR, 27 members voted in favour of the resolution, while 13 opposed it, siding with the decision of state killing for homosexuals. Seven members abstained from making a decision.

India, along with US, Japan, China, Iraq etc voted against the UN's resoloution, The section 377 of the Indian Penal Code criminalises ‘carnal intercourse against the order of nature’. While the Right to Privacy verdict was a step towards a better judgement, the move made at the UN was a major step back, and crushed any hopes for the country's LGBTQ population. 

"This is a monumental moment where the international community has publicly highlighted that these horrific laws simply must end," Renato Sabbadini, International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) executive director told The Independent. "India’s decision to vote against the resolution on the death penalty at the September Session of the Human Rights Council further dents its reputation as the world’s largest democracy," Human Rights lawyer Arvind Narrain writes in Scroll.in.

"The actions of India internationally do not seem to reflect the values that have animated the vibrant, constitutional democracy for over six decades," he adds.

Watch this space for more details.

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