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posted 12 January 2006 11:49 AM      Profile for Crippled_Newsie     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
NEW DELHI - The arrest of four people on charges of homosexuality and running an online gay club in northern India has triggered criticism by NGOs and the United Nations' AIDS body, UNAIDS.

Police in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state, said the young men arrested last week had dozens of members in their secret Internet club.

Homosexuality is illegal in India but is prevalent undercover. Many night clubs in New Delhi and other cities even host secret gay and lesbian nights. But if convicted, homosexuals face at least 10 years in jail.
"The members would meet in private and public places and indulge in unnatural acts," police officer Ashutosh Pandey said in Lucknow. Those arrested are said to be in their early 30s.

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posted 12 January 2006 02:29 PM      Profile for ceti     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Unfortunately, India has extremely outdated laws on gay rights (or lack of) stemming from an almost unchanged Penal Code from 1860!

I was wondering if anyone saw any research done about acceptance of homosexuality before and after British colonialism. It's been hard to figure this out ever since Victorian morals did a number on Indian society that remains marked to this day.

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posted 12 January 2006 04:17 PM      Profile for Nanuq   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I doubt that Indian homophobia can be traced to the British influence which wasn't all that profound. There are all sorts of practices that predated British rule and which continued despite attempts to stamp them out, i.e., suttee (widow burning), dowry killings, the caste system, etc.
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