“In many places, especially rural areas, homosexuality is still considered taboo. As many as 73% of Indians believe that homosexuality should be illegal…” “Activists say the government and civil society must do more to create an environment in which the rights of India’s LGBT communities are respected, rather than grudgingly tolerated.” Interesting to understand different cultures stance on gay rights. The stigmas in Western society are significantly different from less-developed parts of India.

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The Indian government on Tuesday clarified its view on gay sex, saying that it accepts the 2009 High Court order that decriminalized homosexuality. The move came after P.P. Malhotra, a lawyer for the Home Ministry, told the Supreme Court that gay sex was “immoral.” The ministry quickly distanced itself from the stance, noting that it “had not taken any position on homosexuality as is being reported in the media.” Tuesday’s clarification may have appeased some critics, but it has also highlighted the extent to which India is stuck on the issue of decriminalization. Is it time for the Indian government to take a more assertive stand on gay rights?

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