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PM Modi Faces Backlash After Tweeting About Orlando Massacre

Anokhi DIY Anokhi Today Breaking News & Sports World Jun 14, 2016

Prime Minister Modi faces accusations of hypocrisy after expressing sympathy for the people who lost their lives at Pulse Orlando

A single gunman opened fire at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, on June 12th, killing 49 people and wounding 53 others. This attack was the deadliest shooting, and the most devastating act of violence against the LGBT community, in US history.

Some of the Victims of the Orlando Nightclub Shooting
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The loss of innocent lives was felt all over the world as sympathy poured in for the victims' families. Along with the Royal British family, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to express his condolences. 

However in India, homosexuality is a criminal offence punishable by law. Indian Penal Code Section 377 forbids what it calls "carnal intercourse against the order of nature," punishing homosexuality a fine and 10 years in prison. 

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Gay rights activists are challenging Modi to revoke Section 377 and back up the sentiment behind his tweet. 

More Twitter users replied to Modi's tweet.

The law was laid in 1860 when the British ruled India. In 2009, sex between two consenting adults was decriminalized, but the judgement was overturned by the Supreme Court of India in 2013.

Currently, the final hearing of curative petitions has been submitted and is pending review by a five-member constitutional bench. This process gives the LGBT community hope, but for now, homosexuality remains a criminal offence in India. 

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