Gay Sex: The hearing of petition will be resumed by the Top Court on July 17

Gay Sex: The hearing of petition will be resumed by the Top Court on July 17

Gay Sex: The hearing of petition will be resumed by the Top Court on July 17

New Delhi: The hearing of petition against Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which criminalises homosexual activities, will be resumed by the Supreme Court on July 17, Tuesday, as reported by news agency ANI. The Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra, indicated that the 150-year-old ban on gay sex may soon be gone. "We intend to rule, subject to arguments, that two consenting adults even if engaged in 'unnatural sex' will not be liable for prosecution for any offence" said the Chief Justice.

Despite the Centre's failure to file its response, the hearing started, on the issue even after court's directions to do so. The government's appeal for more time was turned down by the court, yesterday. 

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Earlier, it was stated that the bench would only examine the "correctness" of 2013's verdict, which cancelled a Delhi High Court judgment that declared criminalizing gay sex between consenting adults was "unconstitutional". The IPC Section 377 states that Gay sex "against the order of nature" and draws a jail term and a fine. However prosecutions under this has been rare, the activists say that the police use this law to harass members of the LGBT community.

The previous year's landmark judgment on Right To Privacy, the Supreme Court said the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population are "real rights founded on sound constitutional doctrine".

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