Why is the SC Delaying the Order on Section 377 Criminalising Homosexuality?

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Why is the SC Delaying the Order on Section 377 Criminalising Homosexuality?

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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esterday, one of the nation’s most controversial and confusing laws once again had its day in court – Section 377 that criminalises “unnatural offences”, including homosexuality. The five-judge Supreme Court bench, which has been hearing petitions questioning the constitutional validity of the Indian Penal Code article over the last week, had newsrooms across the country holding their breath. Op-eds and videos were probably ready for release, TV panelists were likely rounded up, considering that the bench, which includes CJI Dipak Mishra, had been making statements indicating that the article might be read down.

But alas, the final order eludes us, causing heartache among the LGBTIAQ community – and sending journalists and editors across the country scrambling. The court said yesterday that the decision would be reserved until all the petitioners had made written submissions and could be expected before October 2 at the latest.

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