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India needs to soften its 'Daddy knows best' ways

Section 377 is not the only piece of colonial-era legislation that the country needs to review

The Indian Supreme Court's unanimous ruling decriminalising homosexuality by striking down Section 377 of the Penal Code won notice around the world and held up a few things about the country, not least the ability of its independent judiciary to break the mould and look at things afresh.

The judgment, which stood against religious pressures from across the spectrum, aligns the law with the more tolerant moral codes of a new generation and the values that are being steadily embraced by the world's leading corporations and workplaces in their quest for talent and diversity. It is unlikely that India's Parliament will enact fresh legislation to overturn the ruling.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 21, 2018, with the headline 'India needs to soften its 'Daddy knows best' ways'. Print Edition | Subscribe