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Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
 
8th September 2018
Decriminalization of Section 377 IPC provides access of health care facility to LGBT

Dr KK Aggarwal and Ms Ira Gupta

Vide judgment dated 06.09.2018, the Honíble 5 Judges Bench of the Supreme Court of India has held that Section 377 IPC, so far as it penalizes any consensual sexual relationship between two adults, be it homosexuals (man and a man), heterosexuals (man and a woman) or lesbians (woman and a woman), cannot be regarded as un-constitutional.

However, if anyone, both a man and a woman, engages in any kind of sexual activity with an animal, the said aspect of Section 377 is un-constitutional and it shall remain a penal offence under Section 377 IPC. Any act of the description covered under Section 377 IPC done between two individuals without the consent of any one of them would invite penal liability under Section 377 IPC.

Section 377, refers to "Unnatural Offences". Section 377 reads as under:

"377. Unnatural offences.- Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine. ...read more

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Decriminalization of Section 377 IPC provides access of health care facility to LGBT (Dr KK Aggarwal & Ira Gupta). Vide judgment dated 06.09.2018, the Honíble 5 Judges Bench of the Supreme Court of India has held that Section 377 IPC, so far as it penalizes any consensual sexual relationship between two adults, be it homosexuals (man and a man), heterosexuals (man and a woman) or lesbians (woman and a woman), cannot be regarded as un-constitutional... read more

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Over 150 million people in India require mental health care intervention
 
New Delhi, 07 September 2018: In view of the rising demand by corporators in Mumbai for setting up of a dedicated hospital to treat the mentally distressed, there are plans underway to consider such hospital and clinics. Shive Sena corporator has accordingly submitted a proposal to the administration for the same. Many people with mental illness do not know where to seek treatment, due to which their condition is exacerbated. An independent hospital, solely focusing on mental health disorders, can benefit them.

An estimated 150 million people across India require mental health care interventions, both short and long-term, according to the National Mental Health Survey 2015/16. The overall prevalence for current mental health morbidity is 10.6%.Lack of awareness about the symptoms, the associated stigma, and inadequacy of mental health services have all resulted in a massive treatment gap in the country.

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