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Indian Government Has No Plans To Amend Law Criminalizing Gay Sex Until Supreme Court Reviews It For Third Time

6a00d8341c730253ef01a5115c88a1970c-800wiThe Indian government has announced it has no plans to change a colonial-era law reinstated by the country’s Supreme Court in December 2013 that criminalizes gay sex, making it an offence punishable with life in prison. India Today reports: 

The government on Tuesday said it has no plans to amend Section 377 of the IPC, criminalising sex among homosexuals, till the issue is settled by the Supreme Court.

"No. The matter is sub-judiced before the Supreme Court. A decision regarding Section 377 of IPC can be taken only after pronouncement of judgement by the Supreme Court," Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju told Lok Sabha in a written reply.

He was replying to a question on whether the government proposes to amend or repeal Section 377 of the IPC.

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision that re-instated section 377, the Indian government asked the court to reconsider its ruling. In January of this year the court refused that request stating it was up to lawmakers to amend the law if they want. While no action has come from legislators in the intervening period, the Indian high court has consented to review its previous ruling thanks to a successful “curative petition” that was led by gay rights activists and organizations:  “[The] curative petition is the last judicial resort available for redressal of grievances in court and it is normally considered by judges in-chamber without granting opportunity to parties to argue the case.”

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  1. Based on the over population of India and the fact that many Indian's live in squalor, I would think the government would want to promote homosexuality. No it won't solve India's over population problem but could help to curtail it. Let's face it this country has to many people and not enough of everything else.

    Posted by: TB | Jul 23, 2014 11:58:12 AM


  2. A third time and then a fourth time and a fifth and so on. Best thing we can do is deny India our trade and employment as well as any/all funding we are giving to this country for humanitarian purposes. Don't watch another Bollywood movie until their Supreme Court rules in favor of equality for all people, especially their own gay people.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Jul 23, 2014 12:24:35 PM


  3. Do you ever use a call center?

    Is it based in India?

    Well tell the company that is outsourcing its call centers to India that you will cease doing business with them because of this law.

    We need to damage the Indian ecomomy as much as we can while this law is in place.

    Posted by: MaryM | Jul 23, 2014 1:24:01 PM


  4. ^^ You guys are ignorant losers!

    Posted by: Muhamad | Jul 23, 2014 2:40:00 PM


  5. This law will never be repealed. India has made its decision.

    They're just pussyfooting around, as Mike Ryan pointed out. After the third review, they'll want three more, and then three more; it'll never end.

    India is an anti-gay country. They're proud of it. It's part of their culture and heritage, just like with Africa.

    Posted by: Product | Jul 23, 2014 2:50:47 PM


  6. Hey MUHAMAD (man with the fresh, clever name)...you mean India is the land of losers, right?
    Start with 60 million Untouchables and call it a democracy. Only losers could do that. If you're gay go back home, if not get out of here and go back home. Either way, stay there.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jul 23, 2014 6:05:30 PM


  7. ^^ And yet another ignorant loser! Ignorance must certainly be bliss for you all! LOL

    Posted by: Muhamad | Jul 24, 2014 4:06:43 AM


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