Britain should say sorry for antigay laws to tackle HIV in Commonwealth, says top Indian judge

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 02 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6977
  1. Richard Hurley
  1. 1BMJ

Great Britain should apologise for the laws that criminalise homosexual sex that it introduced to its former colonies, the judge who struck down such a law in India has said. Aid organisations say that these laws hamper efforts to reach people most at risk to prevent and treat HIV—and that they violate human rights. An apology might encourage repeal.

In July 2009 Justice Ajit Prakash Shah overturned section 377 of the Indian penal code, which had criminalised consensual gay sex in India since introduction by the British 150 years ago. “Great …

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