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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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Images show China building a development on Indian border

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CHINA-BHUTAN border (Diya TV) — New satellite images appear to show China built a development in the Himalayas along the border with India and Bhutan that was the site of a standoff in 2017.

Satellite images last month from US-based Maxar Technologies show there’s been construction all year long, including new military storage bunkers.

Chinese officials say the buildup was within the scope of their sovereignty. China and Bhutan, who do not have diplomatic relations, both lay claim to that Doklam region.

Vice President-Elect Joe Biden officially introduced his nominee for Secretary of State Tony Blinken, a veteran of the Obama Administration. Blinken during an Indian Independence Day event held by the Biden-Harris campaign said strengthening ties with India is a high-priority of the new administration. We’ll profile his career and what US-India ties will look like with him at the helm.

Watch what Blinken had to say during that campaign event here: https://youtu.be/8VjMkEZLiP0?t=960

A stone statue of Hindu goddess Maa Annapoorna stolen more than a century ago and found in Canada will be returned to India. The statue is believed to be originally from Varanasi.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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U.S., India, Japan & Australia complete Malabar exercise

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MALABAR ISLANDS, India (Diya TV) — Maritime forces from the U.S., India, Japan and Australia completed Phase II of the exercises dubbed Malabar in the Arabian Sea. The U.S. State Department thanked India in a tweet for hosting the effort by “The Quad” that promotes a free and open Indo-Pacific against a growing Chinese presence in the region.

The state of Michigan officially certified its election, formally granting President-Elect Biden its 16 electoral votes. And while President Trump continues to litigate in the hopes of overturning the outcome of the election, to date, he’s lost more than 30 cases. And now the General Services Administration informed the President-Elect he will be able to get the funding and documents needed  to start the formal transition in government.

Indian American Mala Adiga was appointed by President-Elect Joe Biden to be the Policy Director for his wife Jill, who will be the First Lady. Adiga is an alum of the Obama administration, as well as the Biden Foundation.

Pakistani American Dr. Umair Shah was appointed by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to be Washington State’s Secretary of Health. Shah currently serves as executive director and local health authority for Harris County Public Health in Texas. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Modi thanks troops for thwarting terror plot

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JAMMU and KASHMIR, India (Diya TV) — Indian Prime Minister Modi thanked security forces for unraveling a terrorist plot by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad. Four men suspected of plotting a new attack on the anniversary of the 26/11 attacks were killed during a gunfight with Indian armed forces at a checkpoint in Jammu. Their truck was loaded with a cache of weapons and explosives. Modi is now reviewing the security apparatus along the international border and the Line of Control with Pakistan amid this infiltration.

Terrorism was a major theme of the annual BRICS summit featuring Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa was hosted by Russia virtually. Prime Minister Modi said terrorism is the biggest challenge world is facing today, adding “countries that support the terrorists are held accountable.” Russian President Vladmir Putin said India and China may start producing Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19.

Donald Trump Jr., President Trump’s eldest son, tested positive for coronavirus. His father and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle and many others in the Trump inner circle have had the virus over the last few months. A spokesman said Trump Jr. learned his diagnosis earlier this week, but has no symptoms and is quarantining in his cabin.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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