Singapore DJ files court challenge against gay sex ban after India ruling

A woman holds a rainbow flag at the Pink Dot event, Singapore's annual gay pride rally, at a park in Singapore

FILE PHOTO: A woman holds a rainbow flag at the Pink Dot event, Singapore’s annual gay pride rally, at a park in Singapore July 1, 2017. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

Source: Reuters

BY Fathin Ungku

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A Singapore DJ has filed a court challenge against a colonial-era law that bans gay sex in the conservative city-state, his lawyers said on Wednesday, following India’s scrapping of similar legislation.

Johnson Ong Ming, 43, also known as DJ Big Kid, filed his challenge with the High Court on Monday, his lawyers told Reuters, just four days after India’s landmark ruling.

Under Section 377A of Singapore’s Penal Code, a man found to have committed an act of “gross indecency” with another man could be jailed for up to two years, although prosecutions are rare. The law does not apply to homosexual acts between women.

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