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A black day for freedom in India

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Supreme Court makes gay sex illegal again
Activists say surprise decision to ditch 2009 judgment on colonial-era law takes country back to dark ages. Read more

How is it a crime? Who is the victim? 
G Ananthapadmanabhan - Chief executive, Amnesty International, India talks about the verdicit. Read more

Members of LGBT community say they have lost their dignity
‘We lost’. These are the first words expressed by members of the LGBT community after the apex court set aside the Delhi High Court verdict of 2009; held protests at Azad Maidan. Read more

Another ugly chapter in the struggle for human rights
Far from taking a progressive step into the future, the Supreme Court has reinforced all that is reactionary and oppressive about India’s attitude towards homosexuality. Read more

Gay Pride Parade to turn into protest parade
The annual parade, scheduled for February 2014, was a celebratory event for the LGBT community; but with the SC ruling gay sex a criminal act yesterday, participants will now undertake a march against the decision. Read more

‘How can being in love be a crime?’
Members of the LGBT community say life as they know it is over, as the love they share with their partners is now illegal and they are criminals. Read more

‘Can’t come out before partner’s parents; they’ll regard us as criminals’
The Supreme Court turning the clock back and ruling that gay sex is a criminal offence yesterday came as a devastating blow for many, including 27-year-old Vivek Tigote. Read more

‘They are ridiculed, stigmatised all the time’
29-year-old British filmmaker Laila Khan was in Pune for the screening of her first film ‘Before I Was Me’, which is based on the life of a man who suffers from Gender Dysphoria. She spoke to MiD DAY about her film and issues that the LGBT community faces in countries like UK and India. The short film will also be screened at the Film and Television Institute of India soon. Read more

This day will be remembered with tears of sadness, says Bollywood actress Celina Jaitly. Read more

Roy Wadia’s piece on his late brother and LGBT activist Riyad
In the wake of yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling effectively re-criminalizing homosexuality, these excerpts from Roy Wadia’s piece, about his brother the late Riyad Wadia, filmmaker and LGBT activist, have more resonance than ever before. Riyad was once at the vanguard of change of a new India. This year marks Riyad’s tenth death anniversary. Read more

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