User: lgbt Topic: Sexual Minorities
Category: IPC 377
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Supreme Court: With Section 377, LGBT stigma will also end 13.7.2018 DNA: Top News
The Supreme Court on Thursday said the social stigma and discrimination attached to the LGBTQ community would go if criminality of consensual gay sex is done away with. The SC bench maintained that it would scrutinise the legal validity of section 377 of the IPC in all its aspects. A five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, hearing a clutch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the 158-year-old penal law, also rejected a proposal of lawyers, seeking retention of Section 377, that public opinion should be elicited on the matter, saying it did not want a referendum but would go by constitutional morality. The court said the LGBTQ community faced the stigma because of the criminality attached to consensual same-sex relationship. "Once the criminality (under section 377) goes, then everything will go (social stigma, discrimination etc)," it said. The bench took note of the allegation made by lawyers that the Centre had taken a "U-turn" in the case. It then asked lawyer Maneka ...
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Once criminality goes, stigma against LGBTQ will also go: SC on Section 377 12.7.2018 Rediff: News
Observing that an environment has been created in the Indian society over the years that has led to deep-rooted discrimination against the community, a five-judge constitution bench, hearing petitions seeking decriminalisation of 158-year-old colonial law under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, said discrimination against such people has also adversely impacted their mental health.
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Section 377: Homosexuality not aberration, but variance; other species indulge in same-sex relations: SC Judge 12.7.2018 DNA: Wide Angle
In a big boost to the LGBTQ community in India, one of the Supreme Court judges observed that homosexuality was not an abberation. Justice Indu Malhotra, the only woman judge on the bench, observes that being homosexual is not an aberration but a variance. There are other species which indulge in same-sex relations as well. Stating that members of the LGBTQ community do not get proper medical treatment due to inhibitions, she added, “Homosexuals don’t disclose their sexuality and due to family pressure etc get into marriages. Then frustration etc leads to bisexuality. And what about the trauma of off springs who come to know one parent is homosexual?” Advocate Ashok Desai appearing for a petitioner traces the history of homosexuality and says it was prevalent in Ancient Greece and was accepted in ancient India. Section 377 matter: Lawyer Ashok Desai appearing for one of the petitioners told the five-judge SC constitution bench 'LGBTQ's existence is part of our culture. Many countries have accepted ...
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Deep-rooted trauma forces LGBT community to live in fear: SC on Section 377 12.7.2018 Zee News : India National
The SC said that it is because of the family and societal pressures that members of the LGBT community are forced to marry the opposite sex which leads to bi-sexuality and mental trauma.
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Section 377: Nakuul Mehta defends LGBTQ community with grace, here's how 11.7.2018 DNA: Urban Tales
Ever since the Supreme Court has decided to review Section 377 of the IPC (Indian Penal Code), which criminalises alternate sexuality, a rigorous debate on the subject has been going on among the masses. While a lot of people want the apex court to think progressively and take an open-mided decision, some others are still stuck with traditional norms and apprehensions. On the other hand, there's a section that strongly believes that if homosexuality is decriminalised, the world will be a better place for the LGBTQ community in India.  Several celebrities, including Esha Gupta , Onir and Priya Malik have extended support to the community on social media platforms, and are hoping to witness some change. Some others are even fighting tooth and nail for the less privileged community. Well, recently a denizen with a mixed ideology took to his Twitter handle and said that the apex court should review Section 377, but LGBTQ's should not be permitted to display their affection in public as it's appaently uncouth ...
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Centre leaves it to the wisdom of SC to decide validity of Section 377 11.7.2018 The Assam Tribune
Centre leaves it to the wisdom of SC to decide validity of Section 377
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Let SC take decision on gay sex, says Centre 11.7.2018 Central Chronicle
New Delhi, The Union of India, during a hearing before the Supreme Court on Wednesday, submitted a three-page affidavit stating that it has no stand as regards the decriminalisation of the gays sex, therefore it was up to the apex court to take a decision on the issue. A five-judge constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice […]
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Centre passes the buck on Section 377 to SC, says its validity is up to the wisdom of court 11.7.2018 Zee News : India National
A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra is hearing a batch of petitions seeking decriminalisation of consensual sex between two adults of the same gender. 
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Centre leaves it to wisdom of SC to decide validity of Section 377 11.7.2018 Rediff: News
A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, which is hearing a batch of petitions challenging its 2013 verdict that had re-criminalised consensual sex between two consenting adults of the same gender, was told by the Centre that it has no objection with the court dealing with the validity of this penal provision.
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Section 377: Boost for LGBTQ community as Indian Psychiatric Association says homosexuality not crime, medical condition 11.7.2018 DNA: Top News
In a boost for the LGBTQ community in India, the Indian Psychiatric Association issued a statement supporting members and addressing the stigma associated with being queer. The statement comes soon after BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said that 'homosexuality was against Hindutva, and a medical condition.' In a statement, the Indian Psychiatric Association said, “In the opinion of the Indian Psychiatric Association, homosexuality is not a psychiatric disorder. This is in line with the position of the American Psychiatric Association and the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization which removed homosexuality from the list of psychiatric disorders in 1973 and 1992 respectively. “The IPS recognises same sexuality as a normal variant of human sexuality much like heterosexuality and bisexuality. There is no scientific evidence that sexual orientation can be altered by any treatment and that any such attempts may, in fact, lead to low self-esteem and stigmatisation of the ...
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Supreme Court bench to check validity of Section 377 11.7.2018 DNA: Urban Tales
A 158-year-old draconian law that prescribes a life term in jail for gay sex is under the spotlight as a five-judge Constitution Bench on Tuesday commenced a crucial hearing on a clutch of petitions that called for its scrapping. The five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said it will also examine the "correctness of its 2013 verdict" that had set aside the Delhi High Court judgment that decriminalised gay sex. The apex court had in 2013 restored sexual relationship between persons of the same sex as a criminal offence by setting aside the 2009 Delhi High Court judgment that had held as unconstitutional section 377 of the IPC.  During the hearing on Tuesday, the bench, also comprising Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra, said it would examine the constitutional validity of section 377 of the IPC and the fundamental rights of the LGBTQ (Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) community. Soon after the bench began hearing the pleas seeking scrapping of ...
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Section 377 hearing: SC refuses to look into issues like marriage in LGBT groups 11.7.2018 DNA: Top News
 The Supreme Court today declined to wade into the issue of marriage in the LGBT groups or inheritance in their live-in relationships, as it began hearing a clutch of petitions challenging a 158-year-old colonial-era law that criminalises gay sex. During the course of day-long arguments in a packed courtroom, the apex court also observed that colonial laws like section 377 of the Indian Penal Code(IPC), which criminalises consensual gay sex, will have to pass the rigours of the Constitution. At the outset, the court said it would only deal with the question of validity of section 377 that bans homosexuality after it was submitted by a petitioner that it should not restrict the hearing to just this IPC provision. A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said it will examine the correctness of its 2013 verdict setting aside the Delhi High Court judgement decriminalising gay sex under section 377. Opening his arguments, former Attorney General and senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, ...
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Attorney General KK Venugopal recuses from Section 377 case, says govt's view different from his past stance 10.7.2018 DNA: Money
In a significant development, Attorney General KK Venugopal has recused himself from the Section 377 case currently being heard in Supreme Court. He said that his views are different from that of the government and hence he has decided not to appear in this case.  The Supreme Court today made it clear that it would not venture into the issue of marriage relating to the LGBTQ community or inheritance in live-in relationships, as it commenced a crucial hearing on a clutch of pleas seeking decriminalisation of consensual gay sex.  The apex court said it would only deal with the question of validity of section 377 of the IPC which criminalises consensual sex between two adults of same gender. A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said it will examine the correctness of its 2013 verdict setting aside the Delhi HC judgement decriminalising gay sex under section 377 of the IPC. However, Attorney General KK Venugopal won't be representing the government in this case. Speaking to ...
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If Section 377 was enacted today, it wouldn't withstand test of constitutionality: Petitioner's lawyer to SC 10.7.2018 DNA: India
As the Constitution Bench of Supreme Court continues to hear the pleas seeking scrapping of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) which criminalises homosexuality, advocate Arvind Dattar said if enacted the law 'won't withstand the test of constitutionality.' While appearing for one of the petitioners, Dattar submitted to the five-judge constitution bench of the Court that 1860 Code was imposed on India and it did not represent even the will of the British Parliament. "If Section 377 was enacted today, it won't withstand the test of constitutionality," Dattar said. However, in response, the Constitutional Bench asked Dattar to convince the star that 'if a law like this was made now, it won't be sustainable.' Dattar added: "If a person has a different sexual orientation, it can't be treated as a crime. This can't be treated as against the order of nature."On the other hand, former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, who is also appearing for one of the petitioners, argued that the issue deals only with ...
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SC to examine correctness of verdict reinstating Sec 377 10.7.2018 Rediff: News
The bench also said it would examine the Fundamental Right to life and sexual freedom.
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Section 377 hearing: Will examine correctness of 2013 verdict, says Supreme Court 10.7.2018 DNA: India
 The Supreme Court today commenced a crucial hearing on a clutch of petitions seeking decriminalisation of consensual sex between two adults of the same gender. A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said it will also examine the correctness of its 2013 verdict that had set aside the Delhi High Court judgement decriminalising gay sex. The apex court had in 2013 restored sexual relationship between persons of the same sex as a criminal offence by setting aside the 2009 Delhi High Court judgement that had held as unconstitutional section 377 of the IPC, which makes such actions between two consenting adults of same sex as a penal offence. During the hearing today, the bench, also comprising Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra, said it would examine the constitutional validity of section 377 of the IPC and the fundamental rights of the LGBTQ (Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) community. Section 377 refers to 'unnatural offences' and ...
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SC agrees to examine correctness of 2013 verdict criminalising homosexuality 10.7.2018 Zee News : India National
The apex court had in 2013 had restored the criminality of the sexual relationship between persons of the same sex, after the Delhi High Court' had decriminalised it in 2009.
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Homosexuality not normal, it`s against Hindutva: Subramanian Swamy 10.7.2018 Zee News : India National
The top court is all set to commence the crucial hearing on a clutch of pleas challenging Section 377 of the Indian Penal Court (IPC) which re-criminalisation of consensual gay sex between two adults, rejecting the Centre's plea seeking postponement of the proceedings.
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Section 377: Supreme Court to hear pleas on homosexuality from today 10.7.2018 DNA: Bangalore
Section 377: Supreme Court to hear pleas on homosexuality from today
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Supreme Court to hear pleas on homosexuality from today; rejects govt`s plea to defer it 10.7.2018 Zee News : India National
The apex court had in 2013 had restored the criminality of the sexual relationship between persons of the same sex, after the Delhi High Court' had decriminalised it in 2009.
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