Section 377: SC to review 2013 verdict which criminalises homosexuality

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lgbtThe Supreme Court on January 8 said it will review its 2013 verdict on Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalised homosexuality.

A three-judge bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, said it would reconsider the SC’s December 2013 verdict and re-examine the Constitutional validity of Section 377, which has upset the individuals on its choice on sexual identity.

The Court has also issued a notice to the Centre seeking a response on a writ petition filed by five members of LGBT community, who say they live in fear of Police because of their natural sexual preferences, as reported by a news agency.

In December 2013, the bench of Justices GS Singhvi and SJ Mukhopadaya dismissed the Delhi High Court verdict of 2009 that decriminalised homosexuality or consensual sex among homosexual adult.