Gay Sex Illegal: Homosexuality an offence in India, says Supreme Court

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New Delhi, Dec 11: The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday, Dec 11 delivered a crucial judgement calling homosexuality a criminal offence in the country. The top court claimed that gay sex is illegal in India.

The apex court's judgement surfaced following a petition which had challenged a Delhi High Court verdict which had decriminalised homosexuality.

The Delhi High Court had read Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and said that "sex between two consenting adults in private is not offensive."

Many people are disappointed with the apex court's verdict

Several other petitions were filed soon after the high court judgement. Anti-gay rights activists, social and religious organizations had protested against the high court verdict calling it "immoral, illegal and against the ethos of the Indian culture."

However, many people are disappointed with the apex court's verdict. The central government earlier had told the Supreme Court that the anti-gay law in the country was a result of the British colonialism and that Indian society was more tolerant towards homosexuality.

This was in complete contrast to its earlier opinion on decriminalisation of homosexuality before the High Court where it had called it "unnatural, immoral and reflection of a perverse mind."

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