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Indian press celebrates gay sex ruling but Modi stays silent

By: Lauren Codling

INDIAN media on Friday (7) – including some conservative outlets – hailed a Supreme Court ruling to decriminalise gay sex whilst highlighting a “deafening” silence from Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government. Banner front page headlines such as “Love at First Right”, “Rainbow Nation” and “Independence Day” greeted the verdict of the top court to strike down the heart of Section 377, a law introduced by British rulers in 1861. Many said the five justices may have opened the doors to demands for greater civil rights for long-marginalised gays and lesbians, including same-sex marriage. The conservative Hindu newspaper called the verdict…

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