Last edited: February 05, 2005
Until 1956 the Indian Penal Code was used in the British-ruled territories of
the Middle East. Thus, sodomy was punished, under Article 377 of the Indian
Penal Code, by deportation for 20 years, imprisonment for up to ten years, or
a fine. The new Penal Code introduced in 1956 made ‘unnatural sexual
offences’ punishable with imprisonment not exceeding 10 years, with or
without corporal punishment. This Code remained in force after independence.
(Schmitt and Sofer – "Sexuality and Eroticism among Males in Moslem
- Statute: Article 377, Bugery
- Penalty: 10 years
The 3rd Pink Book states that "Homosexuality is illegal.
Islamic laws against homosexuality are applied". Does this mean that
Sharia law has been introduced since Sofer did his research?
The Interpol website states that: "Buggery is illegal
act punished by 10 years of imprisonment maximum. When the victim is under 14
years of age buggery is punishable even with the consent of the victim."
(David John Franks - 17/5/2004)