Sri Lanka

134 years of criminalization is enough

Mar 13, 2017
Ceylon’s colonization by the British rule had a sizeable impact on what we now deem as cultural and social norms in Sri Lanka today. When the British established themselves in this country, they brought in their morals and culture which contrasted dramatically with what we Sri Lankans practised pre-colonization. With colonization, the British forced upon us Victorian Christian morals and laws and almost completely wiped out our own social and governance structures without any consultation with the local population!  
One such law, the British brought in 1883 and which still exists today, is Sections 365 and 365A of the Penal Code which criminalizes homosexual sex as “Unnatural offences and gross indecency between persons”. In its original form, the Penal Code only spoke of male homosexuality referring to any male person… with another male person.   
"They are bullied and discriminated in schools verbally, physically, emotionally and sexually by older children or staff members. They are often expelled from schools or forced to quit due to the extreme bullying. Family members and others verbally, physically, emotionally and sexually abuse them and discriminate against them often punishing them with beatings and rape"
These provisions are very similar to the Penal Codes of India, Singapore, Zambia and Fiji all former colonies. In 1995, 365A of the Penal Code was amended and the word ‘male’replaced with the word ’person’thus including both LGBTIQ and non-LGBTIQ persons within the purview of this law.   
The actual meaning of the words Carnal Intercourse against the order of nature and acts of gross indecency is yet to be determined and the law remains a vague and ambiguous piece of legislature. 
Read more at:
Daily mirror, March 13, 2017

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