In 2009, the Indian High Court in Delhi decriminalised homosexual sex.
Sadly on 11/12/13, the Supreme Court of India ruled to recriminalize consensual homosexual sex.
Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code states that ‘‘carnal intercourse against the order of nature” shall be punishable by life imprisonment.
Petitions by religious organisations appealed the lower court’s ruling, arguing that gay and lesbian sex are against the order of nature.
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board, the Utkal Christian Council, and the Apostolic Churches Alliance argued homosexuality should be outlawed.
The law now effectively equates homosexual relationships with bestiality.
Pro-right campaigners argue that the law contributes to the oppression of homosexuals and stifles HIV prevention efforts.
‘’This decision is a blow to people’s rights to equality, privacy and dignity,’’ G Ananthapadmanabhan, CEO of Amnesty International India, said.
The order was ‘‘a step backwards towards barbarism and medievalism’’, tweeted historian Ramachandra Guha.