Updated: September 6, 2018 6:52:47 pm
In a historic verdict, the Supreme Court Thursday struck down provisions of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalised same-sex relationships. The Supreme Court held that the law violated the fundamental rights of citizens.
While delivering the verdict, the apex court referred to those areas of the section which criminalises consensual unnatural sex as “irrational, indefensible and manifestly arbitrary”. The court noted that Section 377 of the IPC was used as a weapon to harass the members of the LGBTQ community, resulting in discrimination. The LGBTQ community possesses the same human and fundamental rights as other citizens, the top court said.
Read the full text of the judgment:
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