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Indian gay activists protest top court’s ruling that criminalizes gay sex

Sunday, December 15, 2013
India

Mahesh Kumar A., AP
Indian gay rights activists protest against a Supreme Court verdict that upheld section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalizes homosexuality in Hyderabad, India, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.

NEW DELHI — Hundreds of gay rights activists gathered in India’s capital and other cities across the country on Sunday to protest a decision by India’s top court to uphold a law that criminalizes gay sex.

Mahesh Kumar A., AP

Mahesh Kumar A., AP

India

Mahesh Kumar A., AP

India’s Supreme Court last week reversed a landmark 2009 lower court order that had decriminalized gay sex. The country’s gay community is demanding that the government take immediate action to remove the colonial-era law banning same-sex relations.

About 800 protesters in New Delhi, the capital, wore black arm bands Sunday and waved rainbow-colored flags and banners. Some people wore masks and wigs to protect their identity. They said the Supreme Court’s ruling had evoked anger and dismay across the country.

The activists said that they were in the process of taking legal steps to undo the court’s decision and that Sunday’s protest was to make their voices heard.

“It’s my fundamental right to decide who I should love,” said Rohan Mehta, a New Delhi-based businessman who was among the demonstrators. “I will not let the court deprive me of my rights.”

The court ruled Wednesday that only lawmakers could change the law that bans gay sex and makes it punishable by up to a decade in prison.

The ruling dealt a blow to gay activists who have fought for years for the chance to live openly in India’s deeply conservative society.

Similar protests were organized Sunday in several Indian cities, with groups of gay and human rights activists urging a rollback of the court’s decision.

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22 more reader comments:

  1. equality!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 4:32pm
  2. We just had a protest here in Ann Arbor, MI as well. These protests are going on all over the world.

    Posted on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 4:32pm
  3. Yay!!

    Replied on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 4:39pm
  4. Love is NEVER wrong… Are you sure?

    Posted on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 4:36pm
  5. Yep, I think it should say "same love is never wrong". Because incest is just wrong.

    Replied on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 4:48pm
  6. Disrespecting is the most grave crime!

    Posted on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 4:39pm
  7. Love is number 1! :)

    Posted on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 4:44pm
  8. I can’t believe this is still happening why cant governments just let people live there lives!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 4:48pm
  9. Horrible!! Not their priveledge to choose what people choose for their own lives!! So sad :(

    Posted on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 4:51pm
  10. It is very sad that politicians are trying to tell people who to love or marry they need to worried about real problem worried about the economy and how to better it instead of doing their stupid shitt and let people just be happy with who they want to B

    Posted on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 5:01pm
  11. Love is never wrong! My speech!

    Posted on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 5:39pm
  12. One love. For all.

    Posted on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 6:03pm
  13. REALLY everyone needs to come into the 21 century. This is the way of life and it will happen even if they don’t want it to. And it will go one way after they have left this earth. It does not bother the other people so forget it and live your own lives. It is non of your business who is marring who…

    Posted on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 6:13pm
  14. love is always stronger than hate, love comes from the heart

    Posted on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 6:18pm
  15. Eva, incest is not love – it is abuse!

    Posted on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 6:50pm
  16. Absolutely!!

    Posted on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 8:19pm
  17. Love Is For Everyone. Got that, people?

    Posted on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 8:27pm
  18. i am proud of everyone who stand of for human rights…..yes

    Posted on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 11:46pm
  19. that is true

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 12:41am
  20. A step backwards! What a shame!

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 1:27am
  21. Just live and let live.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:34am
  22. I couldn’t care less. That place is a shit hole. The colonization of India by the British did nothing but allow a mass exodus of Indians to the UK. It didn’t do much for India except get them on the map as another place for industrious nations to exploit because of the desperation of the Indian people. Let’s also not forget that it’s a great place for Muslim extremists to hide, recruit, and prepare for another attack on civilized countries. Extremists convince the poor, sick, down-trodden people of economically challenge areas, convince them that those who are rich and successful are evil and soulless. Having nothing else to believe in and needing someone to blame for their poverty and pestilence, they follow anyone that can offer an end to at least some of their suffering. So, India shouldn’t really be looked to as a leader in global morality. They don’t even have toilet paper.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:54am