Gay rights activists wave flags and shout slogans as they attend protest against a verdict by the Supreme Court in New DelhiUnited States: India’s anti-gay stand reflects an uncertain degree of human rights protection, according to a recent bill moved in the US Senate.

Introduced in the Senate by Senator Ed Markey and supported by more than two dozen Senators, the bill calls for appointment of a Special Envoy for Human Rights of LGBT, according to indianexpress.com.

“In December 2013, the Supreme Court of India reversed a lower court ruling and reinstated the criminalization of homosexuality in the second most populous nation on Earth,” the bill said.

Hence, “the degree of human rights protections for LGBT persons in India is uncertain,” said the bill, according to which removing institutionalized discrimination and targeted persecution against LGBT people around the world is a critical step in the promotion of human rights and global health.

Referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the bill notes that more than 80 nations around the world have laws that criminalize same-sex relations, prohibit public support for the LGBT community, or promote homophobia.

“For the United States to hold true to our commitment to defending the human rights of all people around the world, we must stand with the LGBT community in their struggle for recognition and equality everywhere,” Markey said.

India’s current federal government champions the draconian British era colonial anti-gay Section 377 law and opposes any move to nullify the Supreme Court’s re-criminalizing consensual same-sex relations.

The Supreme Court past December upheld the validity of Section 377 that defines same-sex relations as “unnatural” and punishable by up to life imprisonment, reversing the 2009 Delhi’s high court ruling that decriminalized it and gave the gay community broad protections and rights.

Source: indianexpress.com

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