Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code states鈥渨hoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal shall be punished鈥?/strong>. This was a colonial-era law that was at odds with modern notions of justice and equality of all humankind.
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What is Section 377 of Indian Penal Code?
Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code criminalises sexual activities against the law of nature.
What is Section 377 and why is it important?
The decision that gay sex is a criminal offense was seen as a major setback for human rights and was also widely criticized. While prosecutions under section 377 have been rare, activists have said that the police used the law to harass and intimidate members of the LGBT community.
What is the judgement of the Supreme Court on Section 377?
Judgement- On 6th September,2018, the five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra pronounced its unanimous verdict and struck down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. The Court observed that criminalisation of sexual acts between two consenting adults violated their right to equality.
Is Section 377 of IPC still valid?
At the start of 2018, the Supreme Court decided to review Section 377鈥檚 validity, and May 1 decided to hear the petitions filed against the Section 377 of IPC and asked the government to form its position on the matter based on valid arguments.