Petition seeks repeal of India’s anti-gay Section 377

Petition to repeal India’s anti-gay law is launched.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

LGBTI activists and allies in India today launched a petition seeking the repeal of Section 377, the country’s colonial-era law which provides for as much as a life sentence for anyone convicted of voluntary “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal.”

That law had been overturned by the Delhi High Court in 2009, but it was reinstated by the Indian Supreme Court in 2013 in a judgment named for a New Delhi-based professional astrologer who challenged the Delhi ruling.

The petition is directed to Narendra Modi, prime minister of India; Rajnath Singh, Union home minister; and Sadananda Gowda, minister of law and justice.

This week, human rights lawyer Ranganathan Gowthaman writes for the Chennai-based LGBTI organization Orinam’s blog:

Logo of Orinam Logo of Orinam, which opposes Section 377.

On [Dec. 11, 2015], which marks the…

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