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India: Website selling vibrators and lube sued for ‘abetting gay sex’

India: Website selling vibrators and lube sued for ‘abetting gay sex’

India’s largest online shopping site has been sued for ‘abetting gay sex and exhibiting obscene products.’

Snapdeal.com sells vibrators and lubrication, which a Supreme Court advocate said broke laws banning gay sex and public obscenity.

Suhas Joshi said he filed the complaint not because he was against homosexuality, but to test the limits of the country’s anti-gay law.

‘There is a lot of confusion. Companies are selling products which are used for same sex activity, but at the same time, Indian government says such acts are illegal,’ he told Quartz India.

‘Either parliament should debate and discuss the issue or state should come to the rescue of all those affected.’

Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code punishes ‘carnal intercourse against the order of nature’ with up to life imprisonment. The Delhi High Court decriminalized gay sex but the Supreme Court reinstated the ban in December 2013.

A spokesperson for the website said:

‘Snapdeal.com is an online marketplace which provides a platform to connect buyers and sellers. We understand that at times sellers may list products which may be inappropriate, we take down such listings upon being notified of the same.’

The offending articles have since been removed from the site.

In his complaint, Josh mentioned a second site, Ohmysecret.com, which shut down last month due to poor sales, and said there were countless others that he could name individually due to their sheer number.