Section 377: SC reserves verdict

The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its verdict on a bunch of petitions challenging the Delhi High Court verdict de-criminalising same-sex acts by consenting adults in private. A Bench of Justices G S Singhvi and S J Mukhopadhaya reserved its verdict on the petitions filed by anti-gay right activists,social and religious organisations against the 2009 […]

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: March 28, 2012 12:21:26 am

The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its verdict on a bunch of petitions challenging the Delhi High Court verdict de-criminalising same-sex acts by consenting adults in private.

A Bench of Justices G S Singhvi and S J Mukhopadhaya reserved its verdict on the petitions filed by anti-gay right activists,social and religious organisations against the 2009 verdict of the High Court,which had de-criminalised homosexuality. The Bench had commenced final day-to-day hearing of the case from February 15.

During the last hearing,the apex court had pulled up the Centre for its “casual” approach on de-criminalisation of homosexuality and also expressed concern over Parliament not discussing such important issues and blaming judiciary instead for its “over-reach”.

The Centre had subsequently told the court that the anti-gay law in the country had resulted from the British colonialism and the Indian society was much more tolerant towards homosexuality.

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