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Indian recriminalizes Gay sex

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer India’s Supreme Court said on December 11 that Gay sex should remain a crime, reversing a 2009 court judgment that decriminalized same-sex relations. In the case of Kumar Kaushal v. Naz Basis, the top court upheld Section 377, an 1861 law that prohibits ‘carnal intercourse against the order of nature with man, woman or animal. ‘ The law, passed by British when they controlled India, makes Gay sex punishable by ten years in prison. In 2009, the Delhi High Court ruled that the legislation violates constitutional guarantees of equality, privacy, and freedom of appearance, but the Supreme Court vacated the lower court ruling. While it did not state definitively that Section 377 was constitutional, the Indian Supreme Courtroom said that only Parliament can change that law. Legislative repeal of Section 377 is considered unlikely since the conservative Hindu nationalist party, Bharatiya Janata, seems

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