At least 207 teenagers and children under India’s anti-homosexuality law in 2015.
Around 96 were aged between 16 and 18, 100 were between 12 and 16, and 11 were aged under 12, according to new figures released by the National Crime Records Bureau.
In 2013, any sexual act apart from missionary heterosexual sex was recriminalized in India under Section 377 of the Penal code.
The colonial-era law, which is used to prosecute homosexuality under the term ‘unnatural’, could lead to anyone convicted to spending up to 10 years in prison.
The Times of India reports police arrested 1,491 people under Section 377 last year. 16 of them were women.
In June, India’s Supreme Court has refused to hear a petition challenging a law criminalizing gay sex.
This was the third time the country had voted to keep Section 377 in six months.
Shashi Tharoor, a National Congress MP who has repeatedly attempted to repeal the law, says a curative review is the last hope for activists to get the gay sex ban lifted.
‘Indian culture and history reveal no intolerance of sexual difference or orientation,’ Tharoor has said. ‘[But many politicians] prefer British colonial law.’