11 Dec

News and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

The Guardian


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    Gay rights activists protesting in New Delhi, India. Photograph: Tsering Topgyal/AP

  • India’s supreme court upholds ban on gay sex

    Rights campaigners say decision to overturn 2009 ruling on colonial-era law takes country back to the dark ages.

    Hundreds of people have taken to the streets across India in spontaneous protests following an unexpected supreme court decision reversing a previous judgment that had decriminalised gay sex in the country.

    The decision means same-sex relations in India are once again subject to a 153-year-old law, passed under British rule, which defines them as “unnatural” and punishable by a potential 10-year jail sentence. The law was in effect repealed in 2009 by a landmark ruling by the high court of Delhi, the capital…….


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