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landmark legislation decriminalizes gay sex in india

July 2, 2009

india celebrates decriminalizationindia’s queers have been living under a law left over from colonial rule which states “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” is illegal and punishable by  10 years in prison (section 337 indian penal code).  after a petition to legalize homosexuality was denied in the high courts of delhi in 2004, activists have continued striving to overturn the law they claimed was a violation of basic human rights.  today, july 2, 2009, “a court in the indian capital, delhi, has ruled that homosexual intercourse between consenting adults is not a criminal act.”

pdf of the ruling here.

source: bbc news.

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