SC agrees to hear IIT group's Section 377 plea

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear a petition filed by a batch of 20 current and former students of Indian Institutes of Technology, seeking scrapping of Section 377 of India Penal Code which criminalises gay sex and carries punishment of up to ten years of imprisonment.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud issued notice to the Centre and tagged their plea with a bunch of other petitions which were filed by social activists and NGOs challenging the apex court’s verdict reviving Section 377 after it was read down by the Delhi High Court which had decriminalised gay sex among consenting adults.

The SC had in 2013 revived the penal provision of Section 377 which was declared unconstitutional by the HC in 2009. The court had even refused to review its order and dismissed the plea of gay rights activists. It, however, agreed to hear their curative petition which is the last judicial resort for a litigant to get…

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