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Supreme Court effectively shelves Gujarati film, says homosexuality akin to social evil for some

19, Sep 2015
#peacemap #unconstitutional-state-actions

In February 2014, the Gujarat High Court snubbed the government, saying its decision deprived Devmani of his fundamental right to freedom of expression, and held that a movie cannot be stalled only because it is based on a controversial subject.
Written by Utkarsh Anand
New Delhi Updated: Sep 19, 2015, 4:39
Observing that a section of society may perceive homosexuality as akin to “social evils”, the Supreme Court has effectively pushed into cold storage the release of a Gujarati film that depicts the “sufferings of a homosexual” prince from the state.
While admitting an appeal by Gujarat against a High Court order allowing entertainment tax exemption to the film, a bench of Justices Anil R Dave and Adarsh K Goel on Tuesday granted leave in the matter. The bench also stated that its interim order, denying tax exemption to K R Devmani’s Meghdhanyshya — The colour of life, shall continue.


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