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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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Puneet Talwar named US Ambassador to Morocco

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WASHINGTON D.C. (Diya TV) – The US State Department announced that diplomat Puneet Talwar is its new ambassador to Morocco. President Biden proposed Talwar as the new nominee last March. The new ambassador to Morocco has a rich portfolio in diplomacy. The diplomat is currently a senior adviser to the State Department.

Six men have been arrested for the gang rape and murder of two girls. Police say one of them is a neighbor and the remaining five are Muslims from a nearby village – although it’s not believed to be a religious crime.

As Pakistan continues to deal with historic flooding a new report published in Vice says the country collected $40 million for a mega dam on the Indus river, but spent $63 million on advertising it. The crowdsourced campaign was  launched by a Supreme Court judge and endorsed by former Prime Minister Imran Khan. It’s now at the center of a massive controversy. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian & Hindu American groups hold DC summit

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) – A group of Indian American and Hindu American organizations joined forces to celebrate India’s 75th Independence Day and advocate for the diaspora on Capitol Hill, in what is being called an inaugural summit for political engagement. The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, the Hindu American Foundation, the Coalition of Hindus of North America and Americans4Hindus, were among the more than one dozen organizations, hosting legislators from both sides of the aisle in a non-partisan effort to discuss issues of concern in the community. 
 
Indian American economist Aaron “Ronnie” Chatterji has been named White House Coordinator for the implementation of the CHIPS and Science Act’s historic $50 billion investment in the semiconductor industry at the National Economic Council. 
 
Fans of Indian comedian and actor Raju Srivastava are mourning his death. He passed away at the age of 58 after suffering a heart attack last month while running on a treadmill. He had a history of heart problems. 
 
Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.
 
 

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Sukhpal Singh arrested in Tusli Mandir hate crime case

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) – New York police arrested a man for allegedly sledgehammering a statue of Gandhi outside a Queens Hindu Shri Tusli Mandir. Twenty seven year old Sukhpal Singh is charged with criminal mischief and a hate crime for allegedly destroying the statue and defacing it with spray paint outside Tulsi Mandir in Richmond Hill last month. 

India and France agreed to set up an Indo-Pacific partnership to roll out development projects, expand strategic cooperation, and work closer to deal with pressing global challenges such as a food crisis triggered by the Ukraine invasion. 

More than a million customers in Puerto Rico are waiting for electricity to come back on after Hurricane Fiona hammers the region. The Dominican Republic is under a hurricane warning as well. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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