Indian Government Sued Over Gay Sex Ban
December 17, 2001
SUMMARY: A health charity is suing the Indian government over its ban on
gay sex, claiming it is "a blatant abuse of human rights."
A health charity is suing the Indian government over its ban on gay sex,
claiming it is "a blatant abuse of human rights."
The Naz Foundation, which works to prevent HIV and AIDS in India, has filed
the suit against the government in the Delhi High Court.
The Indo Asian News Service reports that the judges have asked the federal
government, the ministry of social welfare, Delhi's commissioner of police,
the Delhi government and the National AIDS Council to file replies to the suit
by a Jan. 28 deadline, when the case will next be heard.
"The fear of harassment by police minimizes the opportunity to
negotiate safer sex options by forcing interactions to be furtive and
quick," Naz Foundation spokesman Shaleen Rakesh said.
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