India's government has re-affirmed its support of a 2009 High
Court decision to decriminalise gay and lesbian sex.
The clarification came earlier today after India's home ministry
requested the country's Supreme Court reverse the landmark equality
decision, last week.
As reported on our sister site PinkPaper.com, a representative for
the Home Ministry said at the time that consensual same-sex
relationships were "unethical".
But the Health Ministry later distanced themselves from the
comments, claiming the lawyer had read notes from the wrong
A second legal representative, Mohan Jain, said that both he and
the government supported the Supreme Court's ruling.
"It's a government of India decision that there is no legal error
in the judgment of the Delhi High Court," Mohan told the Supreme
In response, SC judges responded saying: "Don't make a mockery of
the system and don't waste the court's time."
Currently, the Supreme Court is hearing more than a dozen
petitions filed to overturn the Delhi High Court's landmark 2009