India Supreme Court Reopens Case On Legalising Gay Sex

We have some good news for you today, as India’s Supreme Court has agreed to revisit their previous judgement that upheld the criminalisation of gay sex.

This ruling, which was made back in 2013, will be revisited by a larger bench of judges. The judges said that this was a “matter of constitutional importance”.

This makes perfect sense, as the ruling that was upheld back in 2013 is a 155-year-old colonial-era law, which calls gay sex “an unnatural offence”.

Homosexuality is still considered a taboo in India and many people still consider same-sex relationships illegitimate.

Despite this, there has been a large calling to decriminalise gay sex in the country.

Today (Tuesday), the court heard what was called a “curative petition” which was designed a “cure” the earlier ruling, which was described as a “miscarriage of justice”.

The court confirmed that the five judge bench will be headed by the chief judge of India. However, no date for the re-examination has been confirmed.

This was greeted with cheers and impromptu celebrations from the LGBT community members who had gathered outside the court. Their celebrations were probably heightened due to the fact that the law is often misused to harass homosexuals, so if the judges rule the way we would like, we could see an end to that.

As you may know, there was an initial ruling back in 2009 by the Delhi High Court that the law was discriminatory. However, this was overturned after several political, social and religious groups petitioned the Supreme Court to have the law reinstated.

Here’s hoping we have a positive resolution this time, and that is sticks.

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India Supreme Court Reopens Case On Legalising Gay Sex
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The India Supreme Court is reopening the court case on legalising gay sex in the country.