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Indian Gay Activist Addresses
the United Nations

By Rex Wockner
International News Report

Indian gay activist Aditya Bondyopadhyay addressed the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva April 8 detailing anti-gay discrimination, harassment, arrests, beatings, torture, blackmail, extortion and rape in his native land.

Much of the abuse is carried out by police, the judiciary and other state institutions, he said.

High-ranking U.N. officials made an historic appearance at the briefing, affirming the organization's commitment to sexual rights, activists said. Representatives also spoke from some of the groups that sponsored the briefing -- the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission, the International Lesbian and Gay Association, the International Lesbian and Gay Law Association, Switzerland's Pink Cross, the World Organization Against Torture, Amnesty International, and the International Service for Human Rights.

Among much else, Bondyopadhyay presented details on the "Lucknow 4" case, in which four HIV-prevention workers were charged with conspiring to commit "unnatural sexual acts" under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code and were detained without bail for from 45 days to seven months.

"The arrested four were beaten, denied food, forced to drink sewer water, abused regularly and refused treatment when they got sick," Bondyopadhyay said.

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"One of the arrested had his glasses stamped on and broken and had to spend 45 days' incarceration with impaired vision."
Bondyopadhyay's speech is online at

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