Decriminalising same-sex relations

29 Aug

Tribune Editorial Editorial

Everyone has the right to live his or her life without fear, and nothing is gained by making people a target for persecution


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Same-sex relationships are outlawed under Section 377 of the Bangladesh Criminal Code.

Fear of persecution forces LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people to hide their sexuality. More importantly, this law reinforces a societal attitude that marginalises and stigmatises those who are attracted to others of the same sex, and is unnecessarily punitive.

We understand that in a conservative and traditional country, such as Bangladesh, many may have deep-seated religious or other objections to homosexuality. We do not seek to legislate tolerance or approval of homosexuality. People are entitled to their beliefs and their moral principles.

However, we do believe that even most people, who object to homosexuality, do not want to see people put in jail for it, do not want the state to waste its resources treating it as a crime, and do not want to create an environment that allows for persecution and immiseration of homosexuals.

We believe that the well-meaning citizenry of Bangladesh, whatever their feelings about homosexuality, would agree that everyone has the right to live his or her life without fear, and that nothing is gained by making people a target for persecution.

Decriminalisation of homosexual acts between consenting adults would be a good first step to ensuring the security of homosexuals from those who prey on the vulnerable, and surely this is something we can all agree is desirable.

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One Response to “Decriminalising same-sex relations”

  1. Gabriel September 14, 2013 at 9:43 am #

    Interesting move thumbs up to the author

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