India's top court to rule on decriminalising gay sex

Published: December 10, 2013

India’s top court is due to rule on decriminalising gay sex between consenting adults, in a decision which could change the fate of the country’s largely -closeted homosexual community. 

 
The landmark verdict was slated to be handed down four years after the Delhi High Court ruled that an existing statute banning homosexual acts was discriminatory and a "violation of fundamental rights" according to the constitution. 
The statute in question is a British colonial-era law outlawing "carnal intercourse against the order of nature". Conviction carried a fine and a maximum 10-year jail sentence. 
Although prosecutions were rare, gay activists said police used the law to harass and intimidate members of their community. 
 
The High Court ruling was strongly opposed by religious groups, particularly leaders of India’s Muslim and Christian communities, who argued that all homosexual acts were "unnatural". 
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