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Gay sex outlawed in India

  • The top court in India has reinstated a law, which makes gay sex illegal in the country. The 148-year-old law has made homosexual acts punishable by up to 10 years in prison. A lower court initially struck it down in 2009 but the Supreme Court considered it unconstitutional and said lawmakers should be the ones legislating on the topic. 

    Gay rights groups condemned the decision and called it "regressive." 

    "The decision is a body-blow to people's rights to equality, privacy, an Amnesty International India spokesman said. "It is hard not to feel let down by this judgement, which has taken India back several years in its commitment to protect basic rights." 

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