Homosexuality In India Case Study

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Homosexuality is mostly a taboo subject in Indian civil society and for the government. Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code makes sex with persons of the same gender punishable by law. On 2 July 2009, in Naz Foundation v. Govt. of NCT of Delhi, the Delhi High Court held that provision to be unconstitutional with respect to sex between consenting adults, but the Supreme Court of Indiaoverturned that ruling on 11 December 2013, stating that the court was instead deferring to Indian legislators to provide the sought-after clarity.
There are no official demographics for the LGBT population in India, but the government of India submitted figures to the Supreme Court in 2012, according to which, there were about 2.5 million gay people recorded in India. These figures are only based on those individuals who have self declared to the Ministry of Health. There may be much higher statistics for individuals who have concealed their identity, since a number of homosexual Indians are living in the closet due to fear of discrimination.
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According to a popular gay dating website, which has about 1.8 million men registered from around the world, India has about 140,000 individual males registered, a figure more than Western countries like the USA (46,645) and the UK (41,021) and ranks 3rd on the list of people registered from a country; nearly 80% of them are in the 15-30 age range with the highest numbers registered in states of Maharashtra (25,564), Tamil Nadu (16,380), Karnataka (14,763) and Delhi (13,441), while cities with the highest numbers are New Delhi (13,391), Mumbai (11,001), Hyderabad (10,273) and Bangalore

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