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  1. Indian Supreme Court Upholds Law Criminalizing Gay Sex

    A Supreme Court ruling in India has reversed the landmark 2009 Delhi High Court order that had decriminalized homosexual acts. According to a 153-year-old colonial law, the act of consummating a same-sex relationship was deemed an “unnatural offense,” carrying with it a 10-year jail sentence. Indira Jaisingh, the government’s solicitor general, decried the court’s decision and the penal law as reflecting a “medieval mindset.” Though prosecutions were rare even before 2009, the decision to re-criminalize homosexual acts is certainly a blow to hopes for a more progressive image for the emerging global power. 

    Sources: Times of India, The Guardian, NYT

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