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SC Decriminalises Gay Sex

A five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court unanimously decriminalised part of the 158-year-old colonial law under Section 377 of the IPC which criminalises consensual unnatural sex.

September 06, 2018

LGBT community supporters celebrate after the Supreme Court verdict which decriminalises consensual gay sex, in Bengaluru. A five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court today, unanimously decriminalised part of the 158-year-old colonial law under Section 377 of the IPC which criminalises consensual unnatural sex, saying it violated the rights to equality.

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LGBTQ community members celebrate after the Supreme Court verdict which decriminalises consensual gay sex, in New Delhi.

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LGBTQ members celebrate the Supreme Court verdict which decriminalises consensual gay sex on the bank of Upper Lake, in Bhopal.

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LGBTQ community members celebrate after the Supreme Court verdict which decriminalises consensual gay sex, in Kochi.

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LGBTQ community members celebrate the Supreme Court verdict which decriminalises consensual gay sex in Chennai.

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LGBTQ community members celebrate after the Supreme Court verdict which decriminalises consensual gay sex, in Bhubaneswar.

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LGBTQ community members and supporters celebrate the Supreme Court verdict which decriminalises consensual gay sex, in Lucknow.

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LGBTQ community people, celebrate the Supreme Court verdict which decriminalises consensual gay sex, in Kolkata.

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LGBTQ community people, celebrate the Supreme Court verdict which decriminalises consensual gay sex, in Kolkata.

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LGBTQ community people, celebrate the Supreme Court verdict which decriminalises consensual gay sex, in Kolkata.

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Transgender Pavitra Nimbhorkar celebrates with her family after the Supreme Court verdict which decriminalises consensual gay sex, in Thane.

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LGBTQ community members celebrate after the Supreme Court verdict which decriminalises consensual gay sex, in Mumbai.

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LGBTQ community members and supporters celebrate the Supreme Court verdict which decriminalises consensual gay sex at Jantar Mantar, in New Delhi.

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LGBTQ community members and supporters celebrate the Supreme Court verdict which decriminalises consensual gay sex at Jantar Mantar, in New Delhi.

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LGBTQ community members and supporters celebrate the Supreme Court verdict which decriminalises consensual gay sex at Jantar Mantar, in New Delhi.

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LGBTQ community people celebrate with a cake after the Supreme Court verdict that decriminalises the consensual gay sex, in New Delhi. Senior advocates and jurists welcomed the historic verdict of the Supreme Court decriminalising consensual gay sex between adults, saying everyone has the right to live a dignified life with equality.

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Hotelier Keshav Suri (2nd L), one of the petitioners in the Section 377 case, along with other LGBTQ activists celebrates the Supreme Court verdict that decriminalises the consensual gay sex, in New Delhi.

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Hotelier Keshav Suri, one of the petitioners in the Section 377 case, along with other LGBTQ activists, hoists the rainbow flag as they celebrate the Supreme Court verdict that decriminalises the consensual gay sex, in New Delhi.

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Members of the LGBT community and their supporters celebrate after the country's top court struck down a colonial-era law that made homosexual acts punishable by up to 10 years in prison, in Bangalore.

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Members of the LGBT community dance to celebrate after the country's top court struck down a colonial-era law that made homosexual acts punishable by up to 10 years in prison, in Bangalore.

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People react after the Supreme Court verdict which decriminalises consensual gay sex, in New Delhi. A five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court today, unanimously decriminalised part of the 158-year-old colonial law under Section 377 of the IPC which criminalises consensual unnatural sex, saying it violated the rights to equality.

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People react after the Supreme Court verdict which decriminalises consensual gay sex, outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi.

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People react after the Supreme Court verdict which decriminalises consensual gay sex, outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi.

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Supporters and members of the LGBT community celebrate after the country's top court struck down a colonial-era law that makes homosexual acts punishable by up to 10 years in prison, in New Delhi.

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An activist reacts after the Supreme Court verdict which decriminalises consensual gay sex, in New Delhi.

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Supporters and members of the LGBT community celebrate after the country's top court struck down a colonial-era law that makes homosexual acts punishable by up to 10 years in prison, in New Delhi.

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An activist reacts after the Supreme Court verdict which decriminalises consensual gay sex, in New Delhi.

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An activist waves a rainbow flag (LGBT pride flag) after the Supreme Court verdict which decriminalises consensual gay sex, outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi.

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A gay rights activist celebrates after the country's top court struck down a colonial-era law that makes homosexual acts punishable by up to 10 years in prison, in Mumbai.

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Supporters and members of the LGBT community celebrate after the country's top court struck down a colonial-era law that makes homosexual acts punishable by up to 10 years in prison, in Mumbai.

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Supporters and members of the LGBT community celebrate after the country's top court struck down a colonial-era law that makes homosexual acts punishable by up to 10 years in prison, in Mumbai. The court gave its ruling on a petition filed by five people who challenged the law, saying they are living in fear of being harassed and prosecuted by police.

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Supporters and members of the LGBT community celebrate after the country's top court struck down a colonial-era law that makes homosexual acts punishable by up to 10 years in prison, in Mumbai.

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People celebrate after the country's top court struck down a colonial-era law that makes homosexual acts punishable by up to 10 years in prison, in New Delhi.

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Supporters and members of the LGBT community celebrate outside the country's top court after it struck down a colonial-era law that makes homosexual acts punishable by up to 10 years in prison, in New Delhi.

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Supporters and members of the LGBT community celebrate after the country's top court struck down a colonial-era law that makes homosexual acts punishable by up to 10 years in prison, in Mumbai.

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Gay rights activist Chitra Palekar celebrates with a member of the LGBT community after the country's top court struck down a colonial-era law that makes homosexual acts punishable by up to 10 years in prison, in Mumbai.

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Surrounded by members of the media, a gay rights activist celebrates after the country's top court struck down a colonial-era law that makes homosexual acts punishable by up to 10 years in prison, in New Delhi.

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Gay rights activists celebrate after the country's top court struck down a colonial-era law that makes homosexual acts punishable by up to 10 years in prison, in New Delhi.

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Gay rights activists watch television as news channel broadcast live from outside the Supreme Court where a verdict on Section 377 of the Indian Penal Court, which criminalizes homosexuality, is to be delivered, in Mumbai.

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Gay rights activists hold hands and watch television as news channel broadcast live from outside the Supreme Court where a verdict on Section 377 of the Indian Penal Court, which criminalizes homosexuality, is to be delivered, in Mumbai.

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