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Popular Singapore DJ challenges gay sex ban

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A Singapore DJ has filed a court challenge against a colonial-era law that bans gay sex in the conservative city-state, following India’s scrapping of similar legislation reports Fathin Ungku.

Johnson Ong Ming, 43, also known as DJ Big Kid, filed his challenge with the High Court just four days after India’s landmark ruling reported by The Central Voice.

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.

“We intend to argue that Section 377A is absurd and arbitrary,” lawyers Suang Wijaya and Eugene Thuraisingam told Reuters in a joint statement, adding that the law is “in violation of human dignity”.

Previous legal challenges to overturn the ban have failed, but a top Singapore diplomat called on the gay community to renew legal action against the law a day after India’s top court decriminalized gay sex.

During its six decades since independence, Singapore has emerged as a modern, wealthy city state.

Yet, lawmakers remain typically cautious over social reforms, partly due to sensitivities stemming from the ethnic and religious mix among Singapore’s 5.6 million inhabitants.