Supreme Court strikes down Section 377; decriminalises homosexuality

Supreme Court of India declared that any two adults sharing a consenting relationship is not a crime and decriminalised homosexuality as it pulls down section 377 of IPC

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Supreme Court of India on Thursday in a historic verdict decriminalised homosexuality and striked down section 377 of Indian Penal Code (IPC).

After hearing a number of petitions, the Supreme Court declared that if two consenting adults are in a relationship, it is not a crime. 

A bench led by Chief Justice Deepak Misra including Justice Fali Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra declared the iconic verdict. The unanimous verdict was expressed via four separate but simultaneous decisions. 

While reading out the verdict, Justice Deepak Misra labelled the section 377 as “arbitrary” saying that “majoritarian views and popular morality cannot dictate constitutional rights.”

We have to vanquish prejudice, embrace inclusion, and ensure equal rights," CJI Misra said.

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