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Rejection of Bill on Gay Sex Sparks off Agitation in City

The bill, which aims to amend Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, was introduced on Friday and rejected by the majority in Parliament.

Published: 20th December 2015 03:46 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th December 2015 03:46 AM   |  A+A-

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CHENNAI: Several LGBTIQ members staged a protest on Saturday condemning Parliament’s rejection of a bill, introduced by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, that sought to decriminalise consensual gay sex.

The bill, which aims to amend Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, was introduced on Friday and rejected by the majority in Parliament.

On Saturday, several members from LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Questioning) community gathered at Chepauk holding placards and banners that read ‘Section 377 must go’.

“Parliament is an institution of lawmakers and it should protect the citizens to ensure equal rights to all. But even today we face harassment,” Vikranth, one of the protesters, told Express.

They also pointed out that Transgender Persons’ (Welfare) Bill 2015, moved by Trinamool Congress MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar is still pending.

“This bill aims to protect the rights of transgenders, freedom of expression, rights against violence and right to marry which should be soon taken up in Parliament,” said Sasha Reddy, a transgender who participated in the protest.

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