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Indian Government will appeal Section 377 decision rather than repeal it

The Indian Government has confirmed that it will not seek to pass a law repealing India’s Section 377 anti-sodomy law until all avenues for appeal through the courts are exhausted – something that could take months.

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20th December 2013 02:58

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Asia

India’s Law Minister Kapil Sibal has confirmed that his government will seek a judicial review of the Supreme Court’s verdict that the country’s ban on gay sex is constitutional.

On 11 December two of India’s Supreme Court justices cancelled the repeal of Section 377 of India’s Penal Code – effectively re-criminalizing homosexuality in the South Asian nation.

Sibal had initially indicated his government might pass a bill to repeal Section 377 but he has now confirmed the government plans to take the far more time consuming path of having the two justices’ decision reviewed by five Supreme Court justices.

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