ADDED ON: 10/07/2018

India May Have Legalised Gay Sex. But ‘Paralysing Fear’ Plagues Bangladesh’s LGBT Community

10/07/2018 | Pink News

When the five judges who sit on India’s Supreme Court unanimously voted to decriminalise homosexuality in September, LGBT+ activists across the world rejoiced—with photos of jubilant campaigners celebrating the ruling shared on social media.  With India entering a new era of equality, the situation for LGBT+ people in neighbouring Bangladesh is coming under increasing scrutiny. Similarly to India, homosexuality has been illegal in Bangladesh since the introduction of Section 377 of the Penal Code, when the country was under the rule of the British Indian Government, and is punishable with up to life in prison. The Bangladeshi government has twice rejected recommendations in the United Nations’ human rights reviews to repeal Section 377—in 2009 and 2013. “Sexual orientation is not an issue in Bangladesh,” the government said in 2009.

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