The newly constituted five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court will continue hearing the petitions against Section 377 of IPC that criminalises homosexuality. Earlier on Tuesday, the Supreme Court was bound to hear four matters including inheritance and the civil rights of people in a homosexual relationship and section 377 of the IPC. However, it later decided that it will ignore the other issues and the government is yet to submit its response into the matter. Section 377 of the IPC criminalises homosexuality and non-penile-vaginal intercourse, even between consenting adults. Decriminalising it will protect the LGBTQ community from public harassment and police action.

Supreme Court hearing on Section 377 LIVE update:

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12:00pm: The hearing of the petitions against Section 377 of the IPC began at around 11:30am. ASG Tushar Mehta tells the five-judge Constitution bench of SC that the Centre will not contest and is leaving the matter to the wisdom of the court. 

 

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