Supreme Court of India decriminalises gay sex

Supreme Court of India decriminalises gay sex

[Ed. – Now if they can only do something about the incessant phone calls from the subcontinent made by ‘Tom,’ who has called you to warn that you ‘have virus on your Window computer.]

The Supreme Court Thursday decriminalised part of the Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalises consensual gay sex, saying it was irrational, indefensible and manifestly arbitrary. The world media has hailed the overturning of a colonial-era law, saying the landmark ruling was a boost for gay rights not only in the world’s largest democracy but also across the world.

Here’s the chronology of events that led to the Supreme Court unanimously decriminalising on Thursday part of Section 377 of the IPC which dealt with consensual gay sex.

The United Nations lauded the Supreme Court for striking down a “key component” of IPC’s Section 377 which criminalises “specific sexual acts between adults” and said the judgment will boost efforts to eliminate stigma and discrimination against LGBT persons.

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It also hoped the ruling will be the first step towards guaranteeing the full range of fundamental rights to LGBT persons.

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