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Some common pleas in favour of gay rights in India
"Only in certain conservative societies wherein homosexuality is seen as a perversion or is prohibited by law, it is seen as a matter of social shame and criminality. This notion of homosexuality is intrinsically wrong as its current knowledge base informs us. And, I think the Honourable Supreme Court of India has rightly turned down the Centre's plea to defer the hearing on the petitions seeking decriminalisation of gay relationship," said a heterosexual in Jaipur who has a few law-abiding amicable friends as gays, but publically un-disclosed.

To an open-minded urban citizen, one's sexual preference is a private affair and needs to be respected. Everyone knows that gay sex is indirectly accepted as a private part of peoples' lives since prosecutions under Section 377 have been extremely rare.

On the complaints of gay sex indulgence, the human rights activists have found that the police had been using the Section 377 IPC to harass and intimidate alleged gays without proof.

It one surveys various pleas for decriminalizing homosexuality that have been put forth, they are based on the following reasons:

• The world over, people are accepting gay rights and no one should have the control on the physiological needs and emotions of individuals.

• Continuation of section 377 of IPC is weakening the fight against HIV-AIDS since due to penal action; homosexual people do not seek facilities and treatment available.

• The number of unreported MSMs (Men having Sex with Men) is increasing every year as their sexual preference and emotional need.

• Due to homosexuality being treated as a criminal offence, no reliable data is available for reporting to different national and international agencies about the sexual preferences in the nation.

• As soon as someone reports oneself as gay, he or she is treated as a criminal under the current law and hence people conceal sexual orientation but secretly carry on with their acts.

According to the estimates of the National Aids Control Organisation (NACO) a few years ago, there are 2.5 million MSMs in India (there could be the same number of lesbians), of which about 1 million are at a higher risk of contracting HIV infection. Consequently, they have become a hidden threat to the spread of HIV-AIDS due to the present provisions of the law that criminalises homosexuality. Thus, the plea that homosexuality is the cause of spread of HIV-AIDS is untenable.

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