IASSW statement on the Supreme Court of India’s decision
IASSW acknowledges the monumental judgment taken by the Honorary Supreme Court of India’s decision to scrap certain provisions under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalised homosexuality. In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court in India scrapped the controversial Section 377- a 158-year-old colonial law on consensual gay sex. The Supreme Court reversed its own decision and said Section 377 is irrational and arbitrary. “LGBT Community has same rights as of any ordinary citizen. Respect for individual choice is the essence of liberty; LGBT community possesses equal rights under the constitution. Criminalising gay sex is irrational and indefensible,” said Chief Justice Dipak Misra, who headed the five judge bench hearing the case.
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