SASOD is Encouraged by Open Letter from Indian Citizens

The support for the equality of gay and lesbian citizens around the world was strengthened with the issuing of an Open Letter to the Government of India by more than 100 eminent persons of Indian origin.

The letter was written by noted author, and endorsed by Nobel Prize economist Amartya Sen. The other signatories come from diverse walks of life, and include academics, public servants, politicians, lawyers, artists, soldiers, religious leaders, social activists and business people. Some of them were active in the fight for India's independence.

The purpose of the letter was to call for a repeal of the colonial 'sodomy' laws which the authors believe are held to oppress homosexual men. They join the list of notable world citizens like Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama, who themselves survivors of oppression, have condemned the oppression of gay and lesbian people.

The Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination welcomes the move by the Indian citizens to call for a review of the legislation which criminalises consensual same sex relationships.

Guyana, like India, inherited some of the oppressions inherent in the colonial laws which have been repealed in the United Kingdom and in other parts of the Commonwealth.

SASOD calls for a reform of the various legislation which deals with sexual offences, to remove the ban on consensual sex. At the same time SASOD has joined with other interest group to call for the urgent reform of the legislation to improve the access to justice for victims of sexual violence, especially child victims.

The signatories to that letter asserted that "There should be no discrimination in India on the grounds of sexual orientation. In the name of humanity and our Constitution this cruel and discriminatory law should be struck down."

Those who are interested in a progressive and inclusive democracy in Guyana should also work towards the removal of discrimination against gay and lesbian Guyanese.

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