Indian LGBTs Look to Challenge Supreme Court Decision Re-Criminalizing Homosexuality

India’s Penal Code section 377 is a law prohibits sex against the order of nature. This is taken to include homosexuality. In 2009 the Delhi High Court overturned this section of the penal code, but the Indian Supreme Court overturned that ruling; essentially, criminalizing gay sex. Now, a group of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people of India are looking at ways to file lawsuits to help overturn the law once again. From The Hindu:

Tired of meeting in “dark rooms and online”, members of India’s first and only LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community held a meeting on Thursday and decided to appeal against the Supreme Court’s order re-criminalising Section 377.

According to the provision in the Indian Penal Code, sexual acts “against the order of nature” are banned.

“Antithesis of equality”
The Delhi High Court had repealed the law in 2009 saying that “discrimination was the antithesis of equality”. But in 2013, the Supreme Court struck down the High Court verdict, making homosexuality illegal again.

At the second meeting of the LGBT Delhi Professionals Networking Group on Thursday, lawyers who will be filing an appeal in July came up with a plan to fight for the community’s rights.

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