Visiting UN chief criticizes India for its anti-gay law

Ivan Fernandes
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United Nations secretary general’s Ban Ki-moon has accused India of intolerance with its continuous ban on consensual adult same-sex relations on gay sex.

"I am proud to stand for the equality of all people – including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. I speak out because laws criminalizing consensual, adult same-sex relationships violate basic rights to privacy and to freedom from discrimination. Even if they are not enforced, these laws breed intolerance," Ban Ki-moon said in a statement while in the Indian capital New Delhi Jan 12.

The secretary general said he "staunchly opposed the criminalization of homosexuality." His comments came on the same day that a minister in the Indian state of Goa that is ruled by the same rightwing political party that runs the federal government announced plans to set up special centers to make LGBT youth "normal.

"Home Ministry statistics showed that until October there were 778 registered cases and  587 arrests under Section 377 of Indian Penal Code in 2014 after Supreme Court in December 2013 struck down a 2009 Delhi High Court verdict which decriminalized same-sex relations, according to the Deccan Herald.

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