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  1. Jean-Paul Bentham 29 Jan 2010, 11:48pm

    It annoys me that nobody cares about this important issue.

  2. The silence of the global LGBT community at the significance of this ruling annoys me too.

    However, what annoys me more, is the consistent erroneous reporting insofar as the effect of the Delhi High Court ruling is concerned. Most Western news outlets are absolutely unaware of the Indian legal system and hence are continuously blabbering the untruth that gay sex remains illegal outside Delhi. The fact is that gay sex has been legalized throughout India (except Jammu and Kashmir).

    That is because:
    a) Section 377 was a federal law and not a state law.
    b) The logic behind overturning of the law was using Articles of the Indian Constitution, and not any state level statute.
    c) An earlier Supreme Court ruling had held that a pronouncement on any Central level Act by a state High Court affects the enforcement of that Act, is valid throughout the country (subject to the applicability of that Act).
    d) And finally, India is a quasi-federal country (by Constitution) and the judiciary branch is unitary. That means, the High Court judges and the Supreme Court judges are all appointed by the President. Only the lower judges (such as judges of the Sessions Court) are appointed by the concerned state governors.

    Even in spite of that, the Western media is refusing to correct its mistake, as if they know India better than Indian themselves! This is very insulting, patronizing and probably has racist undertones.

    I have nothing more to say except the fact that the Supreme Court has until now merely heard the arguments to whether or not the High Court verdict should have been suspended or not (and they decided in our favor). They haven’t even started hearing the arguments on the actual case, and that could still take months, if not years. Again the ignorant Western media is spreading half information, that the judgment can be expected next month!

    SHAMELESS STANDARDS OF JOURNALISM!

  3. Jean-Paul Bentham 31 Jan 2010, 8:15pm

    @RTM:

    You have the option of contacting me at jpdugast@yahoo.ca anytime!

  4. Hi JPB. I have sent you an email. Its longish and I hope it doesn’t freak you out. LOL :D

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