LGBTory Patron, Crispin Blunt, Member of Parliament for Reigate, has today written a letter to Shri Ghulam abi Azad, the Indian Health Minister, urging him to act to repeal the recent ruling by the Indian Supreme Court, which made gay sex illegal. The full text of Mr Blunt's letter is available to read here.
1) What has happened in India?
The Supreme Court of India ruled on 11 December 2013 that homosexuality remains a criminal offence under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. This reverses a 2009 judgment by the Delhi High Court which declared that applying Section 377 to consensual homosexual sex to be unconstitutional.
India’s Supreme Court Re-criminalizes Homosexuality
India's Supreme Court has ruled that homosexuality remains a criminal offence under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. This reverses a 2009 judgment by the Delhi High Court which declared that applying the code to consensual homosexual sex was unconstitutional.
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