In a landmark judgement for the LGBT community in the country, the Supreme Court lifted a colonial-era ban on gay sex on Thursday A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra had reserved its verdict on July 17 after hearing various stakeholders for four days, including gay rights activists. The Centre, which had initially sought adjournment for filing its response to the petitions, had later left to the wisdom of the court the issue of legality of the penal provision on the aspects of criminalising consensual unnatural sex between two consenting adults.
The Centre had said that the other aspects of the penal provision dealing with minors and animals should be allowed to remain in the statute book. Section refers to 'unnatural offences' and says whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to 10 years, and shall also be liable to pay a fine.
What is Section ? Delhi HC's verdict The issue of Section was first raised by NGO Naaz Foundation, which had in approached the Delhi High Court which had decriminalised sex between consenting adults of the same gender by holding the penal provision as "illegal".
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This judgement of the high court was overturned in by the apex court which had also dismissed the review plea against which the curative petitions were filed which are pending. The apex court had commenced the hearing on the fresh writ petitions challenging re-criminalisation of consensual gay sex between two adults, rejecting the Centre's plea seeking postponement of the proceedings by four weeks. It had in restored the criminality of the sexual relationship between persons of the same sex, after the Delhi High Court had decriminalised it in At the outset of the hearing, the five-judge bench on July 10 had made it clear that it was not going into the curative petitions and would adjudicate on the fresh writ petitions in the matter.
Section and child abuse Child rights activists had criticised the Delhi HC verdict of de-criminalising homosexuality on the ground that Section was needed to tackle cases of child abuse. Implications for heterosexuals Section also included consensual sexual acts of adults such as oral and anal sex in private which were treated as unnatural and punishable. They have sought decriminalisation of consensual sex between two consenting adults of the same sex by declaring section of IPC as illegal and unconstitutional.
Is 'Section ' legitimate? Coming from different parts of the country with diverse religion, age, sex and other backgrounds, the petitioners said that section legitimises the stigma associated with sexual orientation and its expression something which is essential, fundam The Supreme Court has scrapped Section of the IPC, decriminalising the year-old colonial law which criminalises consensual gay sex.
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