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India's LGBT victory cry as Supreme Court scraps Section 377 heard across continents

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New Dehli, an LGBTI supporter waves a rainbow-symbol flag outside the Supreme Court on 6 September 2018 after the Court scrapped Section 377 to decriminalize adult homosexual relations.
New Dehli, an LGBTI supporter waves a rainbow-symbol flag outside the Supreme Court on 6 September 2018 after the Court scrapped Section 377 to decriminalize adult homosexual relations. Sajjad Hussain/ AFP

In this week's Spotlight on Asia, RFI's Rosslyn Hyams looks at the potential knock-on effects in South Asia and in the Indian diaspora, of the Indian Supreme Court ruling to decriminalise homosexual consensual sexual relations.

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The ink was only just dry on the Indian Supreme Court's decision to scrap the Section 377 which made sex between homosexual consenting adults a crime, and already more ink was being poured into comments about how this move will help the Indian economy.

According to one of the petitioners in the case and cited by the French news agency AFP. "It can bring billions of dollars to the Indian economy if they can activate the spending of gay people in India," Keshav Suri, a hotelier said, adding that 'there is business to be done, real estate to be bought and sold, holidays and all the services that go with that."

The so-called pink economy is evaluated cent by cent, and in India's case rupee by rupee by a marketing agency in Australia.

Out Now has counted more than 55 million Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual and Intersexual adults in India.

 

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