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New court challenge to India’s anti-gay law

Pink News reports:

Supreme Court of India
Supreme Court of India

Campaigners in India have begun a new challenge against the Supreme Court’s decision to recriminalise homosexuality.

The Naz Foundation, an HIV support group, yesterday filed a curative petition challenging last December’s verdict.

It argues that the court made a “mistake” in its judgment and is guilty of a “gross miscarriage of justice”.

On 11 December, India’s highest court reintroduced Section 377 of India’s penal code banning sex “against the order of nature”, which is widely interpreted to mean gay sex.

The Supreme Court threw out a 2009 New Delhi High Court decision that ruled the law was unconstitutional.

It means offenders can be punished with up to 10 years in jail – although prosecutions are rare.

For more information, see the full article in Pink News: “Activists file new legal challenge at Indian Supreme Court over gay sex ban.”

Also, in Gay Asia News: NGO petitions Indian Supreme Court to correct its anti-gay verdict

 

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Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at info@76crimes.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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