Why The Supreme Court’s Unanimous Verdict Decriminalizing Homosexuality Matters To EVERYONE Of Us
This day marks a historic victory for human rights in India with the Supreme Court passing a unanimous verdict decriminalizing same sex relationships, thereby diluting the Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.
Section 377, a part of the 1861 law, banned ‘carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal’ which included homosexual sex. The Court however stated that acts of sodomy or bestiality, that is sexual acts involving minors or animals will still be punishable under Section 377. Apex Court said that the members of LGBTQ community have the same fundamental rights as any other citizen of the country.