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Supreme Court Ruling Over IPC Section 377, Legalises Homosexuality: Verdict Details



Supreme Court Verdict over IPC Section 377, legalises homosexuality: Details, Highlights

The Supreme Court of India (SC) on 6th September 2018 decriminalised Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) by partially striking down some of its provisions. 

A Five Judge Constitution bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra; Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud, and Indu Malhotra ruled that Section 377.

SC Judges ruling over section 377 stated to the extent that it criminalises sexual acts between consenting adults, whether homosexual or heterosexual, is unconstitutional.

Although, bestiality (Animal Sexual Abuse) will continue as an offense. Any kind of sexual activity with animals shall remain penal offense under Section 377 of the IPC.

The Supreme Court's judgment is based on the interpretation of Article 14 (Right to Equality); Article 15 (prohibition of discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth); Article 19 (Freedom of Speech and Expression); and Article 21 (Right to Life and Right to Privacy) of the Indian Constitution.

This historic judgment overrules the Justice Suresh Kaushal Judgement came by the Supreme Court pronounced in 2013.


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