India: Art themed on same-sex issues face censorship

17 December 2013

The recent ruling by the Indian Supreme Court reinstating a colonial-era law banning gay sex on 11 December 2013 has caused anger and dismay from the Indian art community. Not just because same-sex intercourse has been criminalised, but because there could be far-reaching effects of the law, including censorship of the arts.

From art shows being shut down to movies not being screened, art themed on LGBTI issues have always faced opposition.
Artists talk about life after the Supreme Court verdict.

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New York Times: India’s Supreme Court Restores an 1861 Law Banning Gay Sex
The Indian Supreme Court reinstated on 11 December 2013 a colonial-era law banning gay sex, ruling that it had been struck down improperly by a lower court.

The 1861 law, which imposes a 10-year sentence for “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with man, woman or animal,” was ruled unconstitutional in a 2009 decision. But the Supreme Court held that only Parliament had the power to change that law.

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