India’s Supreme Court Re-Criminalizes Homosexuality

Co-founders of LGB Activist Group Indradhanu,  from left to right - Kapil , Sanchita, Anand, Mohita & Rahul   — at IIT Delhi.

Co-founders of LGBT Support Group Indradhanu,
from left to right – Kapil , Sanchita, Anand, Mohita & Rahul
at IIT Delhi.

In a shocking decision, India’s Supreme Court struck down a 2009 lower-court ruling that decriminalized homosexuality once again making homosexuality illegal in the conservative subcontinent. The ruling was justified by the judge who said that lawmakers, not judges, can change colonial-era laws. India’s LGBT community has been increasingly more visible in recent years. Gay Prides that once only included a hand full of mask-wearing people to scared to show their faces turned into boisterous celebrations that included hundreds out and proud. The LGBT community hasn’t taken this ruling lightly. “We cannot be forced back into the closet. We are not backing off from our fight against discrimination,” said LGBT-activist Gautam Bhan. “We feel very let down,” said lawyer Anand Grover, who had argued the case on behalf of the advocacy group NAZ Foundation. “But our fight is not over and we will continue to fight for the constitutional right.”

The next step is to ask the Supreme Court to review its decision. [ABC]

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