06 Sep : News Express 24 :-
The Supreme Court today will give its verdict on the appeals challenging the constitutional validity of Article 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which commits homosexual relations with the intercourse.
Following a hearing by the petitioners along with the activists for the rights of homosexuals, the five-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Deepak Mishra, reserved the judgment on August 17.
The Central Government had earlier sought the time for submitting the reply on the petition; After that, however, two adults had abandoned the issue of constitutional validity of the penal provisions related to the offense of interfering with the intercourse with the intercourse, in court’s conscience. The central government had taken such a stand that other aspects of the penal provisions on unconstitutional sex between minors and animals should be kept in law and persistence.
Article 377 is a reference to ‘unnatural offenses’. Anyone who has sex with any person, male or female, against natural law, is imprisoned for life imprisonment or up to 10 years of imprisonment and there is a provision for penal offense. The sexual harassment of two gay persons is a criminal offense, saying that the offense is an “illegal” act by the Delhi High Court. No decision was given.