India’s Supreme Court Won’t Review Gay Sex Ban

1.28.2014

By Alex Panisch

Two judges have refused to review the Court’s December decision to up hold the ban

According The Guardian, India’s Supreme Court has refused to review their decision to reinstate Section 377: a law held over from colonial rule that defines homosexual sex as an “unnatural offense." In 2009, a Delhi High Court struck down the 153-year-old law that punishes gay sex with up to 10 years in prison, but last year, rather than rubber-stamping the High Court’s decision, the country’s Supreme Court reversed it. Despite protests from the LGBTQ community and appeals from the UN, two judges have rejected petitions from government lawyers to review the decision.

It is unlikely that the government will pen new legislation to overturn Section 337, as India’s general elections are coming up in May and country’s current administration will probably not want to broach such a divisive issue so close to the election.

Photo of India Supreme Court by Legaleagle86

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