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India Supreme Court Decriminalizes Homosexuality and Adultery : September 6 and September 27, 2018
India Supreme Court Decriminalizes Homosexuality and Adultery
Linda Grimm

In 2018, the India Supreme Court issued a series of landmark rulings, including those striking down colonial-era laws that criminalized homosexuality and adultery. The Court also ordered that one of Hinduism’s holiest sites, the Sabarimala temple, must lift its ban preventing women of certain ages from entering. While celebrated by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) advocates and women’s rights groups, India’s political, social, and religious conservatives balked at the Court’s decisions, expressing concerns that changes to the law would threaten India’s traditions and ethos.

Court Lifts Ban on Homosexual Relations

Since 1861, the Indian Penal Code included a law (Section ...

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