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Apex Court refers plea of decriminalization of homosexuality to a larger bench
The plea seeking decriminalisation of homosexuality or gay sex between two consenting adults was referred to a larger bench by the apex court on Monday.

Now the issue of gay sex that arose owing to Section 377 of the IPC will be debated upon by a larger bench now.

Chapter XVI, Section 377 of the IPC criminalises all those sexual activities that are 'against the order of nature' including the homosexual sexual activities and consider them the 'unnatural offences'.

According to the existing law, the unnatural offender is considered to be a person who 'voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal'. And in India those who indulge in homosexual acts 'shall be punished with imprisonment for life or with imprisonment for a term which may extend to ten years and shall also be liable to fine'.

Most recently, it was on 24 August 2017 that the Supreme Court ruled that the 'Right to Privacy' was a fundamental right, called for equality and condemned discrimination. It was stated that the protection of sexual orientation lies at the core of the fundamental rights.

In other words, there seems to be favourable stance for the rights of the LGBT population in India. The gays in India are hopeful that now hardly any scope is left for those in support of Section 377 of the IPC.

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