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PUJA AWASTHI | New Delhi, January 30, 2014 17:40
Tags : Supreme Court |Judge |Sex criminal |High Court |Delhi |
 

A two judge bench of the Supreme Court, dismissing petitions from the government and gay rights activists has refused to review its decision that pronounced gay sex criminal. Last month the apex court overturned a landmark 2009 Delhi High Court judgement decriminalising gay sex. This puts the ball firmly in the government’s court with the option of either filing a curative petition in the SC or amending the law in the Parliament. Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which bans “sex against the order of nature” with upto 10 years in jail was challenged by the Naz Foundation as not just violating the basic tenet of equality but also for its use by the police to harass homosexuals. The tenet has been widely criticised the world over. The Supreme Court’s last pronouncement had prompted Sonia Gandhi to call upon MPs to “address this issue and uphold the constitutional guarantee of life and liberty to all citizens of India”. The issue has assumed importance after the reaction of political parties.

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Issue Dated: Feb 5, 2017