On Section 377, Centre leaves decision to Supreme Court
July 11, 2018  12:12

The Supreme Court on Wednesday continued hearing a clutch of pleas challenging Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalises homosexuality. The Centre told the court that it would not contest criminalisation of same-sex relations, adding that it leaves the decision to the wisdom of court.

On Tuesday, the five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said it will examine the correctness of its 2013 verdict that has set aside the Delhi High Court judgment that said the law criminalizing gay sex was unconstitutional

During the course of day-long arguments on Tuesday, the court also made it clear that it would not venture into the issue of marriage relating to the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community or inheritance in live-in relationships. The bench also comprises of Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra.

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