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India’s Supreme Court will review law criminalising gay sex

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(Diya TV) – Three senior judges of India’s Supreme Court announced Tuesday it would conduct further review over whether or not to uphold a colonial-era law which prohibits, and criminalizes, homosexual sex-in 2013, a then smaller panel of judges overruled a 2009 verdict by the Delhi High Court, which had decriminalized homosexual acts in the country. The judges said that the issue was a “matter of constitutional importance”.

According to Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), a 155-year-old colonial-era law, a same-sex relationship is an “unnatural offense”. It imposes a 10-year prison sentence for homosexual sex, a fact the attorney for gay rights activists pointed towards and opined unconstitutional.

Gay rights activists hold placards during a protest in New Delhi February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/Files

Gay rights activists hold placards during a protest in New Delhi February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/Files

“It is definitely a move forward,” said lawyer Anand Grover as activists gathered outside the court cheered.

The aforementioned period of decriminalization, which was instated by the Delhi High Court’s 2009 ruling, only stayed in effect for four years until it was stricken down by the higher court, and it allowed many homosexuals to engage in acts you can see on the likes of twinki.xxx and others, some may have tried being homosexual adult actors for this period of four years. During that four year period, the time was used to help bring homosexuality into the open-National surveys show however, that about three-quarters of Indians disapprove of homosexuality, and are deeply traditional about other issues of sexuality such as sex outside of marriage. Unlike other countries, India is still not a very liberal country in terms of sexual views and laws. Whilst Bern escorts are celebrated in other areas of the world it would be unlikely that they would receive acceptable treatment in India.

India is one of 75 countries worldwide that continues to outlaw homosexuality, according to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association. Although the law is loosely enforced, activists say it is has become propagandized, used to incite fear, intimidation, and blackmail against homosexuals that are still wanting to engage in same-sex relations or even just do as little as investigate this site and ones similar. There exist no official reports, or figure, of the number of cases; most go unreported as victims are too scared to talk to police.

Shashi Tharoor, the opposition Congress lawmaker who introduced the bill, started a petition to change the law on the popular U.S. website, Change.org, has garnered more than 40,000 signatures to date. “It is time to bring the Indian Penal Code into the 21st Century,” he said, adding, “it’s time to take the government out of the bedroom.”

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Missing Hindu woman found mutilated in Pakistan

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The mutilated body of a Hindu woman was found in a field in southeastern Pakistan. Police say 40 year old Daya Bheel was murdered in the latest suspected attack against minorities in the Muslim-majority country. Authorities say they have arrested some suspects but have not determined a motive.

The Khosla family has donated nearly 2 million dollars to the Nudge Institute to help fight poverty. The philanthropists have donated millions of dollars for many other causes.

And disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-fried pleaded not guilty to eight different counts of wire fraud, securities fraud, and conspiracy before a U.S. federal court in the Southern District of New York. U.S. prosecutors allege that under Bankman-Fried’s direction, FTX, once considered one of the largest and most-trusted cryptocurrency exchanges, transferred billions in customer assets to his trading firm, Alameda Research. If convicted of these charges, Bankman-Fried faces up to 115 years in prison.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Christmas crash kills Indian American toddler

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Tragic news out of Nevada. Authorities say an Indian American toddler has died in a devastating Christmas day car crash and his mother is in critical condition fighting for her life. Authorities say the accident happened on a busy Las Vegas boulevard and they were returning home from a trip in California.

Anil Beephan is now the first Indian American Republican ever to be elected to the New York State Assembly in Albany. So far only Indian American Democrats have been elected to the state legislature. Beephan will also become the first minority to represent Dutchess County and at 29 years old, he’s the youngest GOP rep in the state legislature. He’s currently in the tech industry and has also worked as a volunteer firefighter.

Vice President Kamala Harris has named Indian American Rajeev Badyal to a key national advisory group, responsible for strategy and recommendations to improve and maintain space policy. Badyal already works for Amazon, helping launch satellites into orbit. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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EXCLUSIVE: Warriors host first-ever Bhangra Night

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The Golden State Warriors first-ever Bhangra Night made its debut during the Warriors-Jazz game at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The Warriors say it’s a chance for the team to connect with the Bay Area’s rapidly growing South Asian community and fan base. Only Diya TV was on hand to capture the festivities. This change from the annual Bollywood night was supposed to take place in 2020 but was postponed because of the pandemic.

A federal jury in San Francisco has convicted Sivannarayana Barama of insider trading. Authorities say he used the quarterly financial performance of Palo Alto Networks before that information was released to the public and then traded in that company’s stock while that information was still confidential. Barama worked in IT for several Silicon Valley companies.

U.S. Border Patrol caught more than 4000 Indians illegally crossing the Mexico border in October and November. That’s more than double compared to the same time frame last year. An Indian man recently died climbing a border wall in Texas. The Biden administration is struggling to contain a surge of illegal immigration at the southern border.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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