News By/Courtesy: Prathipati Navya | 12 Jun 2019 22:22pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • On Tuesday Botswana High Court decriminalized Homosexuality
  • In its 1965 penal code, homosexuality is punishable with a term of seven years
  • Judge Michael Elburu said it was time to “set aside “the provisions of the Victorian era and ordered for amendment

The Botswana now steps its way in recognition of the rights of the LGBT Community. On Tuesday it’s High Court declared that Homosexuality is decriminalized. In its 1965 penal code, homosexuality is punishable with a term of seven years. But now, Judge Michael Elburu said it was time to “set aside “the provisions of the Victorian era and ordered for amendment. In a courtroom that crowded with activists and the general public, the judge stated the laws are leading to the oppression of the minority of the population. “There’s nothing reasonable in discriminating, “he said. “We say the time has come that private same sexuality should be decriminalized. It is a variety of human sexuality“ he said.

After the declaration campaigners waved the Rainbow flag of Gay Rights and celebrations started. The UN agency UNAIDS also appreciated the decision. The executive director of UNAIDS, Gunilla Carlsson said “This is a historic ruling for lesbian, gay, bisexual, Transgender people in Botswana. It restores privacy, respect, and dignity to the country’s LGBT Community and it is a day to celebrate pride, compassion, and Love."

A specialist of ( HRW) Human Rights Watch, Neela Ghoshal said: “Botswana’s ruling today to decriminalize Homosexual sex is a refreshing nod to Human dignity, privacy, and equality.“ In this way, the country’s decision got huge applause. The question arose through an anonymous petition that challenged sections 164 and 167 of the Penal Code of Botswana. 

Section Editor: Puja Jakhar | 12 Jun 2019 22:38pm IST


Tags : #LGBT #LGBTQ #Botswana #BotswanaLGBT #BotswanaHomosexuality #DecriminalizingHomosexuality

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