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Gay community welcomes possibility of repeal of IPC section 377

The news that government is considering repealing a law which criminalises homosexuality has brought cheers among the Gay community which is busy preparing for the second edition of Queer parade tomorrow.

india Updated: Jun 27, 2009 21:00 IST

The news that government is considering repealing a law which criminalises homosexuality has brought cheers among the Gay community which is busy preparing for the second edition of Queer parade on Sunday.

"This is the best thing that can happen at this moment. It will reflect in the Gay Pride march which will take place tomorrow," Lok Prakash, managing trustee of National MSM and Human Rights Task Force here.

Gay rights activists are excited about the news that government is considering repealing section 377 of the IPC, paving the way for decriminalisation of homosexuality in the country. However, they are waiting for a response of the Delhi High Court where a case is still going on.

"We think it's fantastic. Instead of repealing why not change it completely. This section came into existence during British rule. It should have been done earlier," said a gay journalist who did not wish to reveal his identity.

"Atrocities of police on the gay community will stop if this section is repealed. HIV AIDS problem in the community can also be tackled as people will be more open to discussing their sexuality. If taken, it will a fantastic decision," said Arvind Narain, a lawyer and gay rights activist based in Bangalore.