India Supreme Court reopens case on decriminalising gay sex

Southeast AsiaFebruary 3, 2016 – Reported by the BBC – India’s Supreme Court has agreed to revisit a previous judgement that upheld a law criminalising gay sex. Three senior judges said the 2013 ruling would be re-examined by a larger bench of judges, in a move that has been welcomed by activists. The judges said that the issue was a “matter of constitutional importance”. According to Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), a 155-year-old colonial-era law, a same-sex relationship is an “unnatural offence”. In deeply conservative India, homosexuality is a taboo and many people still regard same-sex relationships as illegitimate. There has been a very vocal campaign to decriminalise homosexuality in India. On Tuesday, the court heard a “curative petition” – meant to “cure” an earlier court order perceived as a “miscarriage of justice”…story continues below…

Source: India Supreme Court reopens case on decriminalising gay sex – BBC News

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