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India’s SC legalises gay sex in landmark ruling

MNA International Desk: In a historic verdict, India’s Supreme Court today ruled that gay sex is no longer a criminal offence in the country.

A five-judge constitutional bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, gave the judgment on a clutch of petitions challenging Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) which criminalises consensual gay sex, reports news agency.

Section 377 of the IPC provides imprisonment for life for a term which may extend to 10 years and a fine for ‘unnatural offences’.

The section says, whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished.

The Supreme Court’s Constitution bench however said today “An individual has full liberty over his or her body and his or her sexual orientation is a matter of one’s choice.”

The bench termed the part of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalises gay sex as indefensible and manifestly arbitrary.

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