India's Supreme Court agrees to start debate on decriminalising homosexuality under Section 377

India’s Supreme Court agrees to start debate on decriminalising homosexuality under Section 377

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India’s Supreme Court has given a ray of hope to India’s LGBT community by agreeing to reopen the debate on the controversial Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, a colonial-era law that criminalises homosexuality. The court was hearing a curative petition filed by LGBT activists that challenged its decision upholding the validity of the law in December 2013.

“There are important constitutional questions involved in the issues relating to decriminalising consensual gay sex within the privacy of a house,” the court said, referring the matter to a five-judge constitution bench. The petition, filed by gay rights activists and the NGO Naz Foundation, is the last judicial resort redressing grievances against a court’s verdict. Read more…

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India’s Supreme Court agrees to start debate on decriminalising homosexuality under Section 377