Celebrations have erupted in India after the supreme court unanimously ruled to decriminalise homosexual sex in a landmark judgment for gay rights. The judgment, after 24 years of legal challenges, triggered elation among LBGT Indians and their allies across the country and plans for all-night parties in nightclubs in major cities. In Mumbai, people marched carrying a giant rainbow banner; in Bangalore they draped themselves in the LBGT flag and let off scores of balloons. The announcement of the decision drew loud cheers from a crowd gathered on a lawn outside the supreme court. Ritu Dalmia, one of the five LGBT campaigners who put their names to the legal petition that succeeded on Thursday, said the verdict made her feel hopeful. That is what the court has stated and given directions that this be made available and known to everybody.
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India's supreme court has refused to review the ban on gay sex it imposed last month , rejecting arguments from civil rights campaigners and the Indian government that the move was unconstitutional. The court's decision in December to reinstate a ban on same-sex relationships overturned four years ago by a lower court provoked anger and shock in India and overseas. The UN high commissioner on human rights, Navi Pillay, said the decision represented a "significant step backwards for India" and violated international law.
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