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. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at [email protected]

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