The Supreme Court of India announced Monday that it would reconsider its 2013 ruling upholding Section 377, a colonial-era law criminalizing same-sex sexual relations. A promising sign, the Court also asked the government to respond to a petition from five LGBTQ people who said they live in fear of police because of their identities.
Section 377 prohibits “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman, or animal,” but the Court explained Monday, “What is natural to one may not be natural to others,” adding, “A section of people or individuals who exercise their choice should never remain in a state of fear.”
In 2009, the High Court of Delhi ruled against the law, but in 2013, the Supreme Court set aside that ruling, keeping the law in place. In addition to the advocacy and discussion that followed that setback, subsequent rulings in favor of transgender equality and, most recently, establishing privacy …
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