Legal challenge to Section 377 in India


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High-profile celebrities from the Indian LGBT community have approached the Indian Supreme Court seeking to quash section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalises homosexuality in India.

The celebrities include Ritu Dalmia, Aman Nath and N S Johar. They seek protection of their sexual rights on the ground that it is an integral part of the fundamental right to life. The plea is expected to be heard on June 29.

The appellants said their lives have been “inexorably constricted and their rights infringed” by the penal provision. “Despite their achievements and contributions to India in various fields, they are being denied the right to sexuality, the most basic and inherent of fundamental rights. Section 377 renders them criminals in their own country.”

Earlier, a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur had agreed to hear in an open court the curative plea of NGO ‘Naz Foundation’ and some gay rights activists.