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LGBT activists celebrate after SC refers Section 377 to Constitution Bench

LGBT rights activist hug each other after Supreme Court referred the Section 377 curative petition to a five judge Constitution Bench for further examination.

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear the petition filed by an NGO seeking to reverse the court’s judgment on Section 377, which makes gay sex a criminal offence.

Gay rights supporters celebrate outside the Supreme Court after court agreed to re-examine a colonial-era law that criminalizes homosexual acts in New Delhi on Tuesday, February 2. (Source: Express Photo by Neeraj Priyadarshi)

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The apex court referred the matter to a five-judge Constitution bench and assured that curative petitions for de-criminalising homosexuality would be listed at an early date.

LGBT activists offer free hugs. (Source: Express Photo by Neeraj Priyadarshi)

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Kapil Sibal, arguing against Section 377, told the court that banning gay sex bound present and future generations to indignity and stigma. Christian church body and Muslim Personal Law Board have opposed the petitions against Section 377.

An LGBT activist offers free hugs for everyone with a message printed on t-shirt which reads: "Harmless Hugs". (Source: Express Photo by Neeraj Priyadarshi)

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LGBT rights activist hug each other after Supreme Court referred the section 377 curative petition to a five judge Constitution Bench for further examination on Tuesday. (Source: Express Photo by Oinam Anand)

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LGBT rights activist hug each other outside Supreme Court in New Delhi. (Source: Express Photo by Oinam Anand)

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Gay rights supporters hug each other after Supreme Court referred the section 377 curative petition to a five judge Constitution Bench for further examination in New Delhi. (Source: Express Photo by Oinam Anand)

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An LGBT rights activist gestures a heart symbol. Gay rights supporters hug each other after Supreme Court referred the section 377 curative petition to a five judge Constitution Bench for further examination in New Delhi. (Source: Express Photo by Oinam Anand)

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An LGBT rights activist waves the rainbow flag outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi. Gay rights supporters hug each other after Supreme Court referred the section 377 curative petition to a five judge Constitution Bench for further examination in New Delhi. (Source: Express Photo by Oinam Anand)

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Members of the Gay community take selfies during the Supreme Court ruling on the Article 377 in the capital New Delhi. (Source: Express Photo by Neeraj Priyadarshi)