India criminalises homosexulaity
A colonial law banning homosexual sex has been re-instated in India by the Supreme Court. The law makes homosexual sex punishable by up to ten years imprisonment.
The Supreme Court struck down a 2009 ruling which decriminalised homosexual sex.
Gay activists have been outraged by the about face, and advocacy groups how vowed to fight on and press for the quashing of the law on human rights issues.
Anand Grover, a lawyer who had argued the case on behalf of the NAZ Foundation, an advocacy group for LGBTI people, said the fight will continue and he would pursue a review of the Supreme Courtt’s ruling.
“Our fight is not over and we will continue to fight for the constitutional right."
The criminalisation of homosexuality comes at a time when many of India’s larger cities have been showing a growing acceptance of LGBTI people, with New Delhi and Mumbai holding Pride celebrations earlier this year.