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Protesters Take To The Streets Of India To Protest Re-Criminalization Of Gay Sex – Video

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Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Mumbai, New Delhi and other major cities in India to protest the high court’s decision Wednesday to uphold a colonial era law that criminalizes same-sex relations.

Al Jazeera reports:

It’s my fundamental right to decide who I should love,” said Rohan Mehta, a New Delhi-based businessman who was among the demonstrators on Sunday. “I will not let the court deprive me of my rights.”

Activists on Sunday said the ruling had evoked anger and dismay across the country, and said they were in the process of taking legal steps to undo the court’s decision.

India’s federal government is also reportedly considering passing quick legislation to overturn the Supreme Court verdict.

Top ministers of India’s Congress-led Progressive Alliance (UPA) indicated on Friday that the government may negate the court’s judgement through an ordinance, a shortcut way to pass a law without parliamentary discussion.

Many protesters wore black arm bands and carried rainbow-colored flags and banners that read “No going back!”

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