INDIA’S HIGH COURT REINSTATES BAN ON GAY SEX

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NEW DELHI: India’s Supreme Court reinstated a colonial-era ban on gay sex on Wednesday that could see homosexuals jailed for up to ten years in a major setback for rights campaigners in the world’s biggest democracy. A two-judge bench struck down a Delhi High Court ruling in 2009 that section 377 of the Indian penal code prohibiting “carnal acts against the order of nature” infringed the fundamental rights of Indians. The landmark ruling four years ago emboldened the still largely closeted gay community, which has since campaigned publicly against widespread discrimination and ignorance. But a two-judge Supreme Court bench headed by G.S. Singhvi, who will retire on Thursday, found that the High Court had overstepped and that the law against gay sex was constitutionally valid.

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