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India’s Supreme Court Refuses to Reconsider Verdict Recriminalizing Homosexuality

Jim Burroway

January 28th, 2014

Last December, India’s Supreme Court reinstated a colonial-era sodomy law criminalizing same-sex relationships by overruling a High Court decision four years earlier which struck down the law as unconstitutional. Today, the Supreme Court turned back a request for it to reconsider its decision.

On Tuesday, a bench of Justices H.L. Dattu and S.J. Mukhopadhaya dismissed the review petitions observing that there are no grounds to interfere. In its review petition the Centre had assailed the December 11 judgment contending that law must reflect social change and the aspiration of the society and not operate on vacuum. The review petitions were dismissed in the chamber.

In view of the dismissal of review petitions the next option for the Centre and others is to file a curative petition, which will be heard by a minimum of four senior-most judges and a maximum of five judges.

India’s colonial-era law provides a maximum term of ten years’ imprisonment.

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markanthony
January 28th, 2014 | LINK

well i spoke too soon in an earlier thread. We can hope this is overturned by the government.

Paul Douglas
January 28th, 2014 | LINK

I really hadn’t realized how backward India still was. In the USA you only meet the well educated emigres, I guess.

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