“Section 377 is irrational, arbitrary and incomprehensible”: SC says LGBT community enjoys equal rights in a society like other citizens.
CJI Dipak Misra reads out a unanimous verdict; all the judges are in agreement on the decriminalisation of Section 377. “LGBTQ community possesses same rights as others:” SC Verdict.
#Section377 in Supreme Court: CJI Dipak Misra observes, "No one can escape from their individualism. Society is now better for individualism. In the present case, our deliberations will be on various spectrums."
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Full court reference concludes. The court will re-assemble at 11:30 am
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SC to give its verdict shortly
The petitions have been listed for judgment at 10.30 am. However, it is likely to be delayed as a full court reference to a deceased judge is underway.
Supreme Court of India will be giving out the long-awaited verdict on Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on September 06. A five-judge bench, headed by the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, and comprising of Justices Fali Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra, will deliver the judgment at 10:30 AM.
The apex court had been hearing five petitions challenging the Section 377 of the IPC that criminalises homosexuality, and sexual activities “against the order of the nature”. The petitions have been filed by dancer Navtej Jauhar, journalist Sunil Mehra, chef Ritu Dalmia, hoteliers Aman Nath and Keshav Suri, and business executive Ayesha Kapur.
Except for Justice Khanwilkar, all the four justices will be giving out their separate judgements today.
With inputs from Aparna Deb