A representative of the United Nations Organization is openly urging India to legalize sodomy in the midst of a trial over the constitutionality of its law prohibiting unnatural sexual behavior.Jeffrey O’Malley, director of the United Nation’s Development Program HIV/AIDS Group, claims that legalizing sodomy would “achieve better results regarding protection against AIDS” according to the French Press Agency (AFP).
“Until we acknowledge these behaviors and work with people involved with these behaviors, we are not going to halt and reverse the HIV epidemic,” O’Malley told AFP.
“Countries which protect men who have sex with men … have double the rate of coverage of HIV prevention services – as much as 60 percent.”
The claim of promoting “public health,” which is also made by anti-family groups in favor of abortion, contraception, and “sex education,” is contradicted by numerous studies linking sodomy to a host of illnesses and pathological behavior, including depression, suicide, violent aggression, drug abuse, venereal diseases, “flesh eating” staph infections, anal cancer, and other related problems.
Earlier this year General P. P. Malhotra, India’s Soliciter General, expressed his misgivings about claims that legalizing sodomy would contribute to the fight against AIDS. “Homosexuality is a social vice and the state has the power to contain it. [Decrimilazing homosexuality] may create [a] breach of peace,” said Malhotra. “If it is allowed then [the] evil of AIDS and HIV would further spread and harm the people. It would lead to a big health hazard and degrade moral values of society.”
Many of the programs for AIDS prevention celebrated by the UN are also of concern in that they often involve the massive distribution of condoms, which fail up to 10% of the time. Such programs have been associated with dramatically increased rates of HIV infection, despite their stated intentions of curbing the disease.
South Africa, for example, increased condom distribution from 6 million to 198 million between 1994 and 1998, but saw a 57 increase in HIV/AIDS related deaths. Similar results have occurred in other countries.
Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code says that anyone who “voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal” will be penalized with a prison sentence of ten years to life, and may be fined as well. Convictions of sodomy under Section 377, however, are extremely rare.
The same text that punishes sodomy also punishes child sex abuse and bestiality.
The motion to overturn the law was filed by an international organization, the Naz Foundation, whose international headquarters are located in the United Kingdom. It states that its purpose is to promote the “sexual health and human rights of marginalised males who have sex with males, their partners and families in South Asia and elsewhere.” It is endorsed by Hollywood celebrity Richard Gere.
Arguments will be filed in the case on November 17.
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