INTERVIEW-Indian MP vows to fight bigotry after bid to decriminalise gay sex fails


Nita Bhalla | Reuters | January 26, 2016

NEW DELHI, Jan 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – An Indian politician campaigning for gay sex be legalised said on Monday he would continue his fight for the freedom and equality of sexual minorities despite attempts by members of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party to thwart his efforts.

Opposition lawmaker Shashi Tharoor in December introduced a private member’s bill in India’s lower house of parliament seeking to amend a British colonial era law which punishes homosexual sex with up to 10 years imprisonment.

However the bill was quickly scuppered by members of Modi’s right-wing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

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