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This is not an issue I've read an enormous amount about, so please excuse the brevity of the diary (no less the fact that I'm going to bed soon), but I thought that this needs to be seen. Reporting is via the BBC:

India's top court has upheld a law which criminalises gay sex, in a ruling seen as a major blow to gay rights.  [...]

The court said it was up to parliament to legislate on the issue.

According to Section 377, a 153-year-old colonial law, a same-sex relationship is an "unnatural offence" and punishable by a 10-year jail term.

The ruling contains from precatory language that appears to recommend that Parliament repeal the law, but the BBC expects no such actions.

Interesting that they have any business at all talking about unnatural offenses, in a nation where a woman was gang raped on a bus (warning: may be triggering) while those standing by did nothing (the Delhi police did eventually make some arrests, leading to a trial resulting in multiple convictions and a couple sentences of hanging - that's pretty unnatural too, hanging people).

So, this law found its way onto the books during the British Raj.  153 years ago, so 1860.  The UK, by the way, decriminalized gay sex in 1967, according to Wikipedia.

This isn't "my" issue - it's not one that I closely follow and I'm woefully uneducated as to the specifics.  But, I care about injustice and, in a rapidly rising nation like India (albeit held back by horrible corruption), this is pretty unjust.

Originally posted to auron renouille on Wed Dec 11, 2013 at 02:06 AM PST.

Also republished by LGBT Rights are Human Rights.

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