Death penalty for homosexuality in Uganda: World's strictest anti-LGBTQ law passed
Death penalty for homosexuality in Uganda: World's strictest anti-LGBTQ law passed; Biden warned to reduce investment
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday passed the world's strictest law against homosexuals. Due to this, having a homosexual relationship there can now be punished from life imprisonment to death. Same-sex relations were banned in Uganda earlier also, but there was no provision for such severe punishment.
While passing the law, the MPs declared same-sex relations to be against the values of society. Along with this, he has also taken an oath to ensure that the law is followed properly. As soon as the law is passed, its criticisms have started all over the world. US President Joe Biden has even threatened to impose sanctions on several Ugandan officials and reduce US investment there.
According to a new law in Uganda, having same-sex sex with someone under the age of 18 or with an HIV-infected person could be punishable by death. At the same time, those promoting homosexuality will have to stay in jail for 20 years.
However, there will be no punishment for someone just being gay, lesbian, or homosexual. Punishment will happen only if he indulges in homosexual relations. However, Museveni's suggestion to parliamentarians to drop the provision making 'aggravated homosexuality' the death penalty was rejected by the parliamentarians.
This means that repeat offenders can be given the death penalty. However, Uganda has not carried out the death penalty for many years. Earlier in March, when this bill was sent to the President to get it passed, there was talk of punishing someone even if he is gay, which was removed after the President objected.
Uganda is not the only country in Africa that has restrictions on same-sex relationships. There are restrictions on making same-sex relations in more than 30 countries.
Since the discovery of HIV disease in 1981, more than 84.2 million people have been infected with the AIDS virus. Currently, two-thirds of HIV infection cases are in African countries only. South Africa, Botswana, and Mozambique have the highest number of deaths due to HIV/AIDS in the world. At the same time, there has been a rapid decrease in cases of HIV deaths in Uganda after 2004.
On the one hand where Uganda has made a provision for the death penalty for same-sex relations; At the same time, the debate is going on in the Supreme Court on giving legal recognition to same-sex marriage in India. The government says that our laws, society, and values are against same-sex marriage.
At the same time, the petitioners demanding legal recognition of same-sex marriage say that due to not getting married, they are deprived of many basic rights. They can neither open a joint account with their partner nor can they take joint property. Same-sex partners also do not have the right to adopt children.