What Does India’s Sodomy Law Ruling Mean for Gay Travelers?

Published Date Author: , December 12th, 2013

India Gay TravelA ruling of the Indian Supreme court in India could have widespread consequences also for the travel and tourism industry to India. In Wednesday’s hearing the Supreme Court said that the Delhi High Court overreached its authority by ruling against the ban in 2009. The Delhi High Court moved to abolish Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which classifies anal sex as “carnal intercourse against the order of nature,” in 2009.

The Indian Supreme Court has struck down a 2009 ruling by a lower court to decriminalize homosexual sex and will uphold the ban. India’s gay community was “disappointed” by the ruling and declared it was a “black day” for LGBT rights.

“It is for the legislature to look into desirability of deleting Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code,” the Supreme Court said on Wednesday.

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