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July 2, 2009

Consensual gay sex not a punishable offence: Indian court

In a landmark judgment, the Delhi High Court said that sexual relations between consenting adults were not illegal and not punishable under section 377 of IPC.

The court's verdict comes as a big relief to gay activists who were for a long time demanding repeal of the Victorian law that gave police powers to harass even consenting adults.

The court however maintained that cases of sex involving non-consenting adults and minors would however still be punishable under the section 377 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) that defines unnatural sex against the order of nature as a punishable act.

The Centre had recently hinted that it could review the allegedly draconian provision but later backtracked. However, the judgment is all set to give a fillip to the nascent gay movement in the country.

In a nutshell, the court's decision is a major victory for gays and lesbians, as same-sex relationship between consenting persons is no longer illegal or criminal. Though the government may go in for an appeal or approach the higher court, the decision is also a victory for the NGOs fighting for the rights of sexual minorities.

TIH Bureau

Update: Later the Supreme court reversed the order. Gay sex again stands a criminal act in India.


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