Thousands take to Delhi streets in first Pride since decriminalisation

Thousands have joined the first gay Pride march in Delhi after homosexuality was decriminalised in India.

The parade was the biggest since 2007.

In September the Indian Supreme Court revoked Section 377, the law that prohibited “unnatural offences” and which was punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment.

The law was introduced by the British in 1861, and although it was rarely enforced it was used to intimidate the country’s gay community.

Participant Deepanshu Goswani told AFP, “This parade is about happiness, happiness and happiness.”

However he added: “It will take one more generation for a social acceptance but the fear factor is gone. I’m enjoying my life as a free citizen now.”