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Gays, lesbians to stage protest on India's Republic Day

Published on Jan 23, 2014 9:48 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Hundreds of gay and lesbian Indians will take to the streets of New Delhi on Sunday, demanding equal rights and a reversal of the recent ban on gay sex as the country celebrates its Republic Day.

Members of various rights groups and civil society activists will also join the protest march that will kick off in the heart of the city's business district after the Republic Day celebrations wind up.

"We want to ask the government if we are included in India's current idea of a republic," said Mohnish Malhotra, one of the organisers of the parade.

"The government has failed in its constitutional duty to protect and advance gay rights," he added.

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