Petitions prompt review of 1860s gay ban in India
Eastern Eye Staff
PROSECUTIONS UNDER SECTION 377 OF THE PENAL CODE ARE RARE INDIA’S top court began reviewing on Tuesday (10) petitions against a colonial-era ban on homosexuality, in the latest chapter of a legal tussle between social and religious conservatives and more liberal Indians. Section 377 of the penal code, a relic from 1860s British legislation, bans gay acts as “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” and allows for jail terms of up to life, although prosecutions are rare. In 2009 the Delhi High Court effectively decriminalised gay sex, saying a ban violated fundamental rights, but the Supreme Court reinstated it…
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