Top Court Notice To Centre On Fresh Plea Seeking To Decriminalise Gay Sex

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New Delhi:  The Supreme Court Thursday issued notice to the Centre seeking its reply on a plea by a group of 20 former and current students of the prestigious IITs challenging section 377 of the IPC, which criminalises unnatural sex between two consenting adults of the same gender.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, while seeking response from the government, ordered tagging of the plea with other similar petitions which have already been referred by the top court to a five-judge constitution bench on January 8.

The 20 IITians, including scientists, teachers, entrepreneurs and researchers of different age groups, who all are Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgenders (LGBT), have claimed that criminalisation of sexual orientation has resulted in a “sense of shame, loss of self-esteem and stigma”.

Their plea was filed on behalf of LGBT alumni association of the IITs, which claims to have over 350 members. Among…

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