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.
OMG! US & India joined Saudi Arabia,Iraq,Syria,Iran,Burundi,Botswana,Qatar in voting against UN resolution condeming gay sex death penalty!!— taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) October 5, 2017
13 countries voted against a United Nations resolution that aimed to ban the use of the death penalty as a punishment for being gay.— Joe Vogel (@JoeVogel_) October 3, 2017
The United Arab Emirates
& The United States of America.
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.
Such a shame that India voted against a resolution aiming to ban death penalty for being gay. Where are we heading to, as a nation?— Donna Radhakrishnan (@donna_rk_) October 5, 2017
India joins countries like UAE, Saudi, Iraq, US in opposing UN ban on death penalty for being gay. When will we move forward as a country?— Chaitanya Bishnoi (@chaitanya2508) October 4, 2017
"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.