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India top court refuses plea to review gay sex ban

Published on Jan 28, 2014 11:39 PM
 
An Indian gay-rights activist takes part in a protest against a Supreme Court ruling reinstating a ban on gay sex in Kolkata. India's top court rejected Jan 28, 2014 a motion filed by the government and activist groups to review a shock ruling that reinstated a colonial-era ban on gay sex. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's top court on Tuesday rejected a plea filed by the government and activist groups to review its shock ruling which reinstated a colonial-era ban on gay sex.

A Supreme Court bench dismissed petitions filed by the government and rights groups against a verdict last month that re-criminalised gay sex and made it an offence punishable by up to life imprisonment.

"We see no reason to interfere with the order impugned. The review petitions are dismissed," Supreme Court Justices H.L. Dattu and S.J. Mukhopadhaya said in their decision.

In its December 11 ruling, the top court reversed a lower court verdict from 2009 which had set aside a 19th-century law drafted by India's British colonial rulers outlawing "carnal intercourse against the order of nature".

 
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