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7th September 2018
Supreme Court decriminalizes Section 377: Heart Care Foundation of India welcomes this historic judgment

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

'Section 377 is irrational, arbitrary and incomprehensible', says Supreme Court.

In a historic and unanimous judgment, the Supreme Court of India has decriminalized section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), as per which homosexuality is a punishable offence. The five-judge constitutional bench was unanimous in its decision.

The medical community has always considered homosexuality as a normal and natural phenomenon and not a disease or crime.

It becomes important now for a medical doctor to know if the person is a LGBT. Till now, many of them did not come forward and disclose their orientation fearing the law...read more

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Supreme Court decriminalizes Section 377: Heart Care Foundation of India welcomes this historic judgment 'Section 377 is irrational, arbitrary and incomprehensible', says Supreme Court. In a historic and unanimous judgment, the Supreme Court of India has decriminalized section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), as per which homosexuality is a punishable offence. The five-judge constitutional bench was unanimous in its decision. ... read more

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Supreme Court of India scraps Section 377 in a historic judgement
Homosexuality is not a disease and law must be interpreted as per changing times
 
New Delhi, 06 September 2018: In what can be called a landmark verdict, the Hon’ble Supreme Court scrapped the controversial Section 377, a 158-year-old colonial law on consensual gay sex. Reversing its own decision, the Court said that the Section is irrational and arbitrary. Further, it said that LGBT community has rights akin to other citizens, that there must be respect for these rights, and criminalizing gay sex is irrational and indefensible. The law must be interpreted as per the requirement of changing times said the Court in its judgement.

The historic judgement came in light of a batch of writ petitions filed by dancer Navtej Jauhar, journalist Sunil Mehra, chef Ritu Dalmia, hoteliers Aman Nath and Keshav Suri and business executive Ayesha Kapur and 20 former and current students of the IITs. The issue was first raised by the NGO, Naaz Foundation, which approached the Delhi High Court in 2001.

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