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Monday 21 April 2014

Indians protest at gay sex ruling

An Indian gay rights activist holds a placard during the protest against the criminalisation of homosexuality (AP)

Hundreds of gay rights activists have gathered in the Indian capital to protest against a decision by India's top court to uphold a law that criminalises gay sex.

India's supreme court last week reversed a landmark 2009 lower court order that had decriminalised gay sex. The country's gay community is demanding that the government take immediate action to remove the colonial-era law banning same-sex relations.

Protesters in New Delhi wore black arm bands and waved rainbow-coloured flags and banners. Some people wore masks and wigs to protect their identity. They said the supreme court's ruling had evoked anger and dismay across the country.

Similar protests were organised in several Indian cities, with groups of gay and human rights activists urging a rollback of the court's decision.

AP

Press Association

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