On 24 August 2017, India's Supreme Court gave the country's LGBT community the freedom to safely express their sexual orientation.
Therefore, an individual's sexual orientation is protected under the country's Right to Privacy law.
have expressed support for decriminalising homosexuality in India.
In September 2006, Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, acclaimed writer Vikram Seth and other prominent Indians publicly demanded the repeal of section 377 of the IPC.
According to him, after removal of discriminatory laws, marginalised groups would have better access to treatment and prevention facilities like condoms.
He warned of the urgency and stated that India had succeeded in checking the spread of AIDS through commercial sex workers but transmission through gay sex, and injectable-drug users was still an area of concern in the country.
There are no official demographics for the LGBT population in India, but the government of India submitted figures to the Supreme Court in 2012, according to which, there were about 2.5 million gay people recorded in India.
These figures are only based on those individuals who have self declared to the Ministry of Health.Homosexuality is mostly a taboo subject in Indian civil society and for the government. of NCT of Delhi, the Delhi High Court held that provision to be unconstitutional with respect to sex between consenting adults, but the Supreme Court of India overturned that ruling on 11 December 2013, stating that the court was instead deferring to Indian legislators to provide the sought-after clarity.Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code makes sex with persons of the same gender punishable by law. On 2 February 2016, however, the Supreme Court agreed to reconsider its judgment, stating it would refer petitions to abolish Section 377 to a five-member constitutional bench, which would conduct a comprehensive hearing of the issue.That is the progressive way forward." Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh spokesperson Ram Madhav in an interview with national daily Business Standard said in May 2014: "But I can say this – that while glorification of certain forms of social behaviour is not something we endorse, the penalising and criminalisation aspects need to be looked into.Whether to call homosexuality a crime and treat it as one in this day and age is questionable." This is interpreted as Sangh's support to decriminalisation of homosexuality.In 2009, the Hindu Council UK became one of the first major religious organisations to support LGBT rights when they issued a statement "Hinduism does not condemn homosexuality".Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating