|Commend Activists in India on the Repeal of Discriminatory Penal Code 377|
July 2, 2009
In a landmark Indian Delhi High Court ruling on July 2, only days after people worldwide took to the streets for gay pride, Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah struck down Penal Code 377, overturning a colonial-era law criminalizing "carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal."
The ruling is the result of the remarkable efforts of many dedicated activists. IWHC is proud to congratulate Voices Against 377 and the Naz Foundation for leading the efforts to repeal 377. Our partners at Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action (CREA), SANGRAM, the Action Plus network, and the YP Foundation stood strong with these advocates in working towards this landmark decision.
Please join us in celebrating this important victory by sending a congratulatory note to our partners. Send your notes to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will forward them to our partners. You can write your own letter, or use the text below.
Thank you for your work to eliminate discrimination by advocating for the repeal of Penal Code 377. The progressive wording of the Supreme Court ruling statement citing the value of an inclusive society and noting that the recognition of equality "will foster the dignity of every individual" is a testament to the great value of your work, and a nod to the importance of your continued efforts to bring about inclusion, equality, and dignity.
Particularly in India, where individuals face discrimination, stigma, and violence due to sexual orientation, your work has resulted in a tremendous step forward for human rights. This victory is important to me because .
Thanks to this ruling, others, in India and beyond, will be inspired to advocate for a more inclusive, safe, and just society.