Statement on Supreme Court of India's Ruling on Section 377 IPC

The decision of the Supreme Court of India to reverse an earlier ruling and re-institute a discriminatory law which criminalizes sodomy is both egregious and tragic. In the 21st century, as the world moves towards human rights for everyone, this decision tethers India to its past, for let us remember that the sodomy law is a British colonial legacy. It is a very sad day indeed for all of the people of India and those who look toward India for leadership in a modern age.

--Jessica Stern, Executive Director, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission

Hard as this decision is and difficult as the road forward may be, we draw strength and inspiration from ordinary LGBT persons who will not allow this to affect the way they lead their lives … The rights of LGBT persons cannot be taken by this decision.”

--Issued by: Voices Against 377, Alternative Law Forum, Adhikaar and other petitioners including parents of LGBT persons, mental health professionals, academics and law professors.

Full statement online here »

Full Supreme Court of India decision online here »