India: Art themed on same-sex issues face censorship

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.

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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.

» See on www.indianexpress.com


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.

» See on www.nytimes.com



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