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India’s Supreme Court criminalizes homosexuality

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“A few thousand people who claim to be homosexuals cannot dictate rules for the majority; they cannot decide what is right and what is wrong.”

Prakash Sharma, spokesperson for the conservative Hindu group Vishwa Hindu Parishad, praising the decision of India’s Supreme Court to overturn a lower court’s decision to decriminalize homosexuality. The decision once again makes gay sex a crime in India, carrying a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

India’s gay groups were devastated. Anjali Gopalan, founder of the Naz Foundation, the petitioner in the original case that made the colonial-era statute unconstitutional, said, “It’s a black day for us. I feel so exhausted right now thinking we are being set back by 100 years.”

Source: The Washington Post

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