Supreme Court Of India Decriminalises Consensual Gay Sex

9/6/2018 3:44:48 PM
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In a historic verdict, India’s apex court today decriminalised consensual sex between two adults irrespective of their gender and partially struck down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). This overturns over 150-years of anti- LGBT legislation.

The judgment titled Navtej Singh Johar & Ors. v. Union of India was delivered by a Bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices Rohinton Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra after hearing a clutch of petitions challenging criminalisation of homosexuality. 

While delivering the verdict, the apex court referred to those areas of the section which criminalises consensual unnatural sex, irrational, indefensible and manifestly arbitrary. The court noted that Section 377 of the IPC was used as a weapon to harass the members of the LGBT community, resulting in discrimination. The LGBT community possesses the same human and fundamental rights as other citizens, the top court said.

However, other aspects dealing with unnatural sex with animals and children remain in force, the top court said. Any kind of sexual activity will animals shall remain penal offence under Section 377.

Speaking for himself and Justice A M Khanwilkar, CJI Misra said denial of self-expression is akin to inviting death. He added that it is necessary for courts to protect the dignity of an individual as the right to live with dignity is recognised as a fundamental right.

This decision came after petitions were filed by well-known LGBTQ activists – dancer Navtej Jauhar, journalist Sunil Mehra, chef Ritu Dalmia, hoteliers Aman Nath and Keshav Suri and business executive Ayesha Kapur. The petition claimed the “rights to sexuality, sexual autonomy, choice of sexual partner, life, privacy, dignity and equality, along with the other fundamental rights guaranteed under Part-III of Constitution, are violated by Section 377”.

Reacting to this verdict, said Ashok Row Kavi, LGBT rights activist and founder of Humsafar Trust, "We have finally got justice. We are finally 'azaad in azaad Hind'".  Bollywood director Karan Johar tweeted, “Historical judgment!!!! So proud today! Decriminalising homosexuality and abolishing #Section377 is a huge thumbs up for humanity and equal rights! The country gets its oxygen back!”

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