Gay Prince Calls Upon India To Decriminalize Homosexuality
Photo: Times of India
A Indian monarch has stepped forward to ask his country to decriminalize homosexuality.
Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, the first Indian prince to publicly come out as gay, made the remark while attending a Pride march in Nagpur, earlier this month.
Gohil, the son and likely heir to the Maharaja of Rajpipla in Gujarat, says that it is high time that India moves on from antiquated, anti-gay colonial laws.
"If India wants to be respected across the world, it can't ignore the basic rights of the LGBT people. As the largest democracy, it is high time that India scrap the outdated laws imposed by the colonial government and give equal rights to the LGBT people."
Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code dates back to 1860, shortly after Britain assumed rule over the country. The Delhi High Court overturned the law in 2009, but in a controversial 2013 Supreme Court ruling, it was again reinstated.