Bhutan – Building a community
Pakistan – Silent voices of a cohesive community
Nepal – Moving forward
India – Together for change
Bangladesh -Dignity and Social Justice for all
Sri lanka – Strengthening Community through open dialogue


Legal situation: Same-sex sexual activity, whether in public or private, is illegal and punishable with fines and up to life imprisonment under Section 377 of the i Penal Code.

Sri Lanka

Strengthening Community through open dialogue

Legal situation:
The sweeping statements in the Penal Code, addressing the alleged ‘indecency’ of ‘unnatural sex’, serve to criminalize and stigmatize LGBTI individuals. In 1995, human


Moving forward

Legal situation:
Nepal was the first country in South Asia that recognizes transgender. On 21st December 2007, the Supreme Court of Nepal gave a verdict in favour of LGBTI groups in Nepal.


Silent voices of a cohesive community

Legal situation:
Section 377 of the Pakistani penal code allows for two to 10 years in prison for “carnal intercourse against the order of nature”. Islamic law, reintroduced in 1979 by former


Building a community

Legal situation:
The Penal code of Bhutan doesn’t specifically criminalize same-sex act or as LGBTI individual but the Penal Code of Bhutan in its Article 213 states “A defendant shall be


Together for change

Legal situation:
India inherited the sodomy law called Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code from the British. It was a law that was intended to criminalise ‘sodomy’ or the act of anal sex.

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