Supreme Court legalises homosexuality

Check out Supreme Court’s verdict of Section 377:

In a historic judgment, the Supreme Court of India states that consensual adult gay sex is not a crime. The judgment by a constitution bench of the country’s top court has defanged the British era Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalized sex that deemed gay sex is a punishable offense. The section 377  refers to the “unnatural offences” and it states that who so ever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with imprisonment of life and shall be also liable to pay fine.

This judgment is a great achievement for the LGBT community that has been fighting hard and continuously to legalise gay sex.

Chief Justice Dipak Misra read out the judgment on the much-awaited verdict seeking decriminalization of a 158-year-old colonial law on consensual gay sex.

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The court gave many indications that the SC favored legalizing gay sex and apex court dropped hints that indicated this judgment. Still, it’s the same court that overturned Delhi High Court that criminalized gay sex.

The verdict was earlier set to be delivered on 17th July but on that day court decided to reserve its verdict.

Two years ago a petition was filed by dancer N S Johar, Journalist Sunil Mehra, Chef Ritu Dalmia and others who said that section 377 violated their right to privacy and personal liberty. And even when their petitions were pending, a nine bench of the SC ruled in 2017 that every individual has a fundamental right to privacy, which is a part of life. All this opened door for fresh please to decriminalize gay sex.

The issue of Section 377 was first raised by Naaz foundation NGO in Delhi High Court in 2001. But the petition was dismissed by the court. And after eight years the Delhi High Court decriminalized sex between consenting adults of the same gender by holding the penal provision “illegal”.

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