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April 3, 2014

In what is being called the last chance to legalize the lives of over 40 million people, Supreme Court will hear activists' plea after they recriminalized homosexuality last year

India’s Supreme Court has agreed to reconsider the law criminalizing homosexuality today (3 April).

The Naz Foundation, a HIV and LGBTI rights charity, filed a curative petition calling on the Supreme Court to ‘correct’ its verdict from last year.

In December 2013, the Supreme Court recriminalized homosexuality – overturning the landmark 2009 Delhi High Court ruling that said the colonial era law banning homosexuality was discriminatory and should not be a crime.

April 1, 2014

Activists are calling on India's Supreme Court to 'correct' the verdict that led to the ‘worst event to happen in gay rights in recent memory'

India’s government is facing a fresh new legal challenge on its gay sex ban.

Naz Foundation, a HIV and LGBTI rights charity, filed a curative petition in the Supreme Court calling on it to ‘correct’ its verdict.

In December 2013, the Supreme Court overturned the landmark 2009 Delhi High Court ruling that said the colonial era law banning homosexuality was discriminatory and should not be a crime.

As parliament has refused to try and amend the ruling themselves, a curative petition is the last option as the final appeal in the legal process.

March 25, 2014

The Aam Aadmi Party will put the legalization of homosexuality at the top of its election manifesto as it seeks to win its first seats in the Indian Parliament and break into national politics

India’s fledgling Aam Aadmi Party is betting that championing the rights of women and minorities and fighting against corruption will be winning issues for voters as the party seeks to elect its first lawmakers in the nation’s parliament.

Aam Aadmi was established only 18 months ago but won 28 of the 70 seats in the Delhi Legislative Assembly in 2013 – making them the second largest party in the National Capital Territory of Delhi (the Indian equivalent of Washington DC) and allowing them to form a minority government with the Indian National Congress Party.

March 25, 2014

The Aam Aadmi Party will put the legalization of homosexuality at the top of its election manifesto as it seeks to win its first seats in the Indian Parliament and break into national politics

India’s fledgling Aam Aadmi Party is betting that championing the rights of women and minorities and fighting against corruption will be winning issues for voters as the party seeks to elect its first lawmakers in the nation’s parliament.

Aam Aadmi was established only 18 months ago but won 28 of the 70 seats in the Delhi Legislative Assembly in 2013 – making them the second largest party in the National Capital Territory of Delhi (the Indian equivalent of Washington DC) and allowing them to form a minority government with the Indian National Congress Party.

February 8, 2014

The former chief justice responsible for the landmark judgement in 2009 says the criminalization of gay sex in effect 'offend(s) the dignity of a person'

Homosexuality is neither a disease, nor is it punishable under any penal laws, Justice Ajit Prakash Shah, who authored the judgment that decriminalized homosexuality as chief justice of the Delhi High Court in 2009, said on Friday.

The Delhi High Court’s historic judgement which decriminalized gay sex was overturned by the Supreme Court on December 11, 2013. The bench ruled that it is for Parliament and not the court to repeal section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.

February 2, 2014

Some 5,000 people turned out for the first LGBT pride march in the country held after the Supreme Court in December reinstated a colonial-era law that criminalises gay sex

It was a record turnout for Mumbai’s seventh gay pride parade where some 5,000 people marched from August Kranti Marg to Girgaum Chowpatty on Saturday afternoon, according to organisers.

Pallav Patankar, co-organiser of the parade and director of HIV services at Humsafar Trust, a Mumbai-based LGBT community organisation, told Gay Star News that “Mumbai has woken up to the fact that it has LGBTcitizens” and that members of the LGBT community are now more “hopeful and willing to fight it out by interfacing with politicians and speaking about queer rights” than before.

January 6, 2014

The Indian Supreme Court has refused to sack four Indian Government ministers for criticizing its recriminalization of homosexuality in the South Asian nation but has criticized them for criticizing it

The Indian Supreme Court has refused to sack four Indian Government lawmakers from their ministries for criticizing its decision to recriminalize homosexuality in India.

January 4, 2014

LGBT rights groups to file a complaint with the National Human Rights Commission of India as local police refuses to investigate the incident

It was a New Year vacation gone horribly bad for Delhi-based transgender activist Rudrani Chettri and her two friends. On New Year’s Eve, the trio were in Shimla, a popular hill station destination in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, when Chettri was allegedly approached by a beat constable – a low ranking police officer – who tried to molest her. When she objected and resisted, she was beaten up by the officer as were her two friends who had tried to intervene. Her injuries are not known to be serious.

January 3, 2014

If 2013 was marked by setbacks for LGBTI rights, what can we expect from 2014?

LGBTI activists in many parts of the world will look back on 2013 as one of the worst years in memory for the cause of equal rights. In countries as far apart as Uganda and India, Russia and Australia, organizations and human rights defenders have been trying to assess the damage and work out new strategies to make 2014 a year of progress rather than retreat.

Many of the worst blows came in the closing weeks of 2013. In a long-awaited decision, the Indian Supreme Court effectively re-criminalized homosexuality, overturning an earlier ruling in Delhi.

December 25, 2013

Naz Foundation is seeking a stay on the Supreme Court’s judgment

The NGO that drove the Delhi High Court to allow consensual adult gay sex in 2009 is now taking on the Indian Supreme Court.

Naz Foundation, an NGO committed to bringing down HIV, filed on Tuesday a review petition in the Supreme Court against its recent ruling that set aside the lower court’s order of decriminalizing homosexuality.

December 23, 2013

The Delhi High Court judge who legalized homosexuality in India in 2009 has spoken out against the Supreme Court ruling that overturned his decision, saying he feels deeply sad for India’s LGBTI community

Former Delhi High Court judge AP Shah who legalized homosexuality in India in 2009 has spoken of his disappointment at the decision by two Supreme Court justices to overturn his decision.

‘My first feeling was deep sadness about those people, the LGBT community,’ Shah, who is now India’s Law Commission chairman, said during a interview on CNN India on Sunday.

‘I was disappointed … Given the subject matter of the appeal, I thought that our views would prevail.’

December 21, 2013

Local Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Christian chiefs say the court prevents India from ‘going on to the path of destruction’

In a rare display of unity, six leaders of different religious hues in India have released a joint statement to commend the apex court’s decision to reaffirm the country’s colonial anti-sodomy law, and warn against any repeal in violation of eastern culture.

December 20, 2013

Goverment is calling on the two Supreme Court judges, who ruled the colonial-era law was still valid, to reconsider their views

India’s government has told the Supreme Court to review their ruling after they shocked the world by recriminalizing gay sex.

The government filed a petition today (20 December), saying it believed the ruling was ‘violative of the principle of equality’.

The Congress-led government insisted they wanted an ‘open hearing on the matter’.

Gay sex was made legal in 2009 when Delhi’s High Court ruled Section 377, a colonial era law criminalizing intercourse ‘against the order of nature’, was an infringement of human rights.

December 18, 2013

The controversial penal code 377 was reinstated in India last week and protestors worldwide came out in force to show their disapproval on Sunday

It is a week since India's Supreme Court reinstated section 377 of the penal code.

Overnight they made 17% of the world's gay population into criminals again. And, because it punishes 'unnatural' sex, they forced even straight people to only have intercourse in the missionary position or risk a jail term.

The court's decision has been met with outrage around the world, with LGBTI equality groups and public figures gay and straight lining up to condemn it.

And on Sunday (15 December) protests took place worldwide under the name ‘Global Day of Rage.’

December 16, 2013

UNAIDS says it was a backwards step for the Indian Supreme Court to recriminalize homosexuality and has called on all countries with similar laws to repeal them to aid in the global fight to eradicate the disease

The Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has expressed deep concern at the Supreme Court of India's re-criminalization of adult consensual same-sex activity, overturning a 2009 Delhi High Court decision.

‘The Delhi High Court decision in 2009 had restored dignity for millions of people in India, and was an example of the type of reform we need for supportive legal environments that are necessary for effective national AIDS responses,’ said UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibé.

December 13, 2013

A court decision two days ago recriminalized gay sex in India – putting 17% of the world’s homosexuals on the wrong side of the law. But now hope is returning

On a sunny morning in July 2009, a landmark judgment from the Delhi High Court brought a new dawn of freedom to millions of LGBT Indians.

They had spent more than 150 years under the tyranny of a colonial era British law – Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code – that criminalized ‘sexual acts against the order of nature’, which included consensual gay sex.

December 13, 2013

Leading members of India’s ruling Congress party say they will fight the Supreme Court’s decision to reinstate the country’s Section 377 anti-sodomy law as the party explores the best options to move forward with towards reform

The Indian Government has indicated that it will move to re-decriminalize homosexuality despite Indians going to the polls in five months for general elections.

Congress party president Sonia Gandhi spoke out Thursday against the Supreme Court ruling that reinstated the country’s colonial era Section 377 buggery law the day before – and several other prominent voices within the party have now joined her.

December 12, 2013

India’s Supreme Court made the bizarre argument that it should not uphold the striking down of the country’s colonial era anti-sodomy law because it had not been proven that gays are discriminated against in India

New details of the Indian Supreme Court ruling that reinstated the country’s ban on gay sex have emerged, with the justices writing in their decision that the law should not be struck down because it had not been proven to them that gays were discriminated against.

December 12, 2013

Parliament ministers in India are considering their options on how to overturn the Supreme Court ruling that a colonial era law banning gay sex is legal

India Supreme Court banning gay sex has violated international law, according to United Nations’ human rights chief.

Navi Pillay has made her comments as the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday to make the sex lives of 17.5% of the world’s gay population illegal.

The action affects an estimated 40 million people.

‘Criminalizing private, consensual same-sex sexual conduct violates the rights to privacy and to non-discrimination enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which India has ratified,’ Pillay said.

December 11, 2013

The Supreme Court of India has set aside a 2009 Delhi High Court ruling that legalized homosexuality, passing the issue back to lawmakers to deal with in a major setback for LGBTI rights in India

India’s Supreme Court has found the country’s colonial era Section 377 anti-sodomy law legal – potentially seeing a return to the criminalization of India’s LGBTI community.

The Supreme Court justices said that Indian society was not yet ready for the law to be repealed and handed the issue back to lawmakers to deal with.

'It is for the legislature to look into desirability of deleting section 377,' Supreme Court justices G S Singhvi and S J Mukhopadhaya ruled.

December 11, 2013

In one fell swoop, the Supreme Court ruling on homosexuality has recriminalized the lives of 17.5% of the world's gay population

As India’s Supreme Court bans gay sex, thousands of LGBTI people have taken to the streets to protest the ruling.

In one Supreme Court ruling, millions of people’s sex lives - 17.5% of the world’s gay population - have become illegal.

Colonial era law Section 377 affects an estimated 40 million gay  men, as well as forcing the rest of the 1 billion people in India to have sex in the missionary position.

The ban has been described by LGBTI activists as ‘the worst event to happen in global gay rights in the past decade’.

November 25, 2013

Hundreds of Indian LGBTIs marched for their rights and greater inclusion on Sunday in the cities of New Delhi and Bangalore with many non-LGBTI allies marching as well

Hundreds of LGBTI Indians and their allies took to the streets yesterday to demand equal rights and protection from discrimination in marches in the cities of New Delhi and Bangalore.

The march in the capital was part of the Delhi Queer Pride 2013 festival, while the Bangalore Pride walk was organized by India’s Campaign for Sex workers and Sexuality Minorities Rights.

November 25, 2013

Hundreds of Indian LGBTIs marched for their rights and greater inclusion on Sunday in the cities of New Delhi and Bangalore with many non-LGBTI allies marching as well

Hundreds of LGBTI Indians and their allies took to the streets yesterday to demand equal rights and protection from discrimination in marches in the cities of New Delhi and Bangalore.

The march in the capital was part of the Delhi Queer Pride 2013 festival, while the Bangalore Pride walk was organized by India’s Campaign for Sex workers and Sexuality Minorities Rights.

October 3, 2013

The LGBT community in the Indian state of Gujurat will march 6 October in the city of Surat to call on the Supreme Court to confirm the decriminalization of homosexuality in the South Asian nation

The Indian state of Gujurat will host its first LGBT pride march Sunday in the city of Surat.

Organized by the Gujarat LGBT Pride Festival (GLGBTPF) with the support of the Foram Foundation, marchers hope to draw attention to the political aspirations of India’s LGBTs and also call on the Supreme Court to finally release its ruling on challenges to the Delhi High Court’s striking down of India’s colonial era sodomy laws.