Shashi Tharoor’s Petition To Decriminalise Homosexuality Needs Your Signature
As you know The Indian Penal Code (Amendment) Bill 2015 was listed for discussion in Parliament on 18 December, in this context Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor has introduced a private member’s bill which seeks to amend Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) that criminalizes homosexuality. Due to lack of support the bill got rejected.
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) December 23, 2015
Now Shashi Tharoor has started a petition on change.org which states –
Your sexual preferences, sexuality, and partner should be your choice. Unfortunately Indian law doesn’t think so.
Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code gives the state the authority to investigate what’s happening in your bedroom.
Section 377 makes any sex apart from penile-vaginal intercourse between a man and a woman illegal.
It impacts the LGBTQ community, it even impacts married heterosexual couples.
It’s a law that can be used to oppress and harass.
The Indian government isreluctant to amend the law. My Private Member’s Bill was recently defeated in Parliament, but I’m not giving up.
Section 377 should be amended so that all consensual sex between consenting adults irrespective of gender and sexuality is legal. But it should not legitimise forced sex, pedophilia or pederasty.
Sign my petition and help me show the Prime Minister that Indians want Section 377 to be amended.
Section 377 is a British relic, drafted in 1860 and based on outdated Victorian morals. It has no place in a modern nation like India.
In amending Section 377, I am upholding the values of our Constitution. The Bill supports our constitutional freedoms – the Right to Privacy and Dignity under Article 21, the Right to Equality under Article 14, and the Right against Discrimination under Article 15.
Sign my petition and help me build support to amend Section 377. If enough of us speak up, we can make the Prime Minister rethink Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860.
Section 377 needs amendment as Section 377 criminalizes homosexuality, and has been used as an effective tool to harass, threaten and extort money from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) population in India.
Please sign the petition HERE
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