India’s supreme court begins landmark hearing for the decriminalisation of gay sex

Gay sex has been illegal in India since 1861

It has been illegal in India since Section 377 of an 1861 law - introduced under British colonial rule - banned sexual activity "against the order of nature", including with another man or woman.

In the judgement on privacy as a fundamental right, the apex court's nine-judge bench had said the right to privacy can not be denied to members of the LGBT community merely because they have unconventional sexual orientation and form a miniscule fraction of the over 1.32 billion Indian population.

What needs to be seen is whether the apex court will scrap the section or condone it in the aftermath of the hearing of the curative plea.

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The Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court has begun hearing petitions against Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalises homosexuality.

These two pleas came just six days after hotelier Keshav Suri, filed a plea in this regard in the top court. "You (Centre) file whatever you want during the hearing", said a bench of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Kisra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud. "The issue deals only with sexual orientation and has nothing to do with gender". This court ignored the devastating effect the very possibility of prosecution has had on generations of Indians whose sexual orientation was criminalised and made the subject of threats, blackmail, ridicule and repression.

The top court by its 2013 order set aside a Delhi High Court's July 2, 2009 verdict decriminalising gay sex.

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"As society changes, values change", Mukul Rohatgi, a senior lawyer appearing for the lead petitioner, told a bench of five judges. It was outrage over that ruling which opened the floodgates to numerous eminent Indians coming out openly - people who had previously kept their sexual orientation resolutely private.

The campaign for decriminalising gay sex also been bolstered by a supreme court ruling in August past year, which ruled that privacy, including a person's sexuality, was a fundamental right. "This Hon'ble Court has upheld the right to choice of conjugal partner under Article 21 of the Constitution of India", the first plea, filed by the five personalities, read.

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"Right to choose my partner is part of my fundamental right to privacy", Datar had submitted.

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