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Indian Supreme Court pronounces gay sex illegal

English.news.cn   2013-12-11 13:29:39            

NEW DELHI, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- India's Supreme Court Wednesday ruled that gay sex between consenting adults is an offence, overturning an earlier verdict by the Delhi High Court decriminalizing homosexuality.

A two-judge bench of Justice G.S. Singhvi and Justice S.J. Mukhopadhaya gave the order to uphold Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code under which gay sex is a crime in this country.

The apex court's order came in the wake of a bunch of petitions by anti-gay right activists, social and religious organizations who had appealed against the Delhi High Court's 2009 judgement decriminalizing gay sex.

The Delhi High Court has ruled that gay sex between two consenting adults in private is not an offence, overturning the colonial-era law under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.

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