Section 377 hearing LIVE updates: In the wake of several petitions filed by five high-profile petitioners, the Supreme Court is expected to pronounce its verdict on whether homosexuality will remain a crime in India or not. A 5-judge Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra is most likely to give deliver the verdict. Along with CJI Misra, Justices RF Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra are most likely to pronounce their verdict on Section 377 after hearing the bunch of petitions challenging the validity of Section 377 in July. Section 377 is a controversial British-era law which criminalises consensual gay sex. Under 1861 law, gay sex is punishable by up to 10 years in jail. 

Also Read: What is Section 377 of the IPC?

The petitioners, Bharatnatyam dancer Navtej Singh Johar, journalist Sunil Mehra, restaurateur Ritu Dalmia, Neemrana hotel chain co-founder Aman Nath and businesswoman Ayesha Kapur, have challenged the Section 377 saying they are living in fear of being finished. The petitioners also claimed that Section 377 violates the fundamental rights. The petition challenging the Section 377 was first heard in the apex court in July. Several observations have been made so far and the gay community is quite positive that the judgement is going to be in their favour only.

Also Read: How section 377 of IPC came to be?

 Here are the LIVE updates of Supreme Court Hearing on Section 377:

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Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh of RSS, Arun Kumar on Thursday said like the Supreme Court, the Sangh doesn't consider homosexuality a crime. Since same-sex marriage and relationships are unnatural and non-desirable the organisation doesn't support such relationships.

Congress on Supreme Court's verdict on Section 377

Congress on Thursday described the Supreme Court's decision to decriminalise homosexuality as "momentous" saying it was an important step towards a liberal and tolerant society. Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said in a tweet: The Supreme Court's verdict on Section 377 is momentous. An age-old colonial law that was an anachronism in today's modern times ends, restoring the fundamental rights and negating discrimination based on sexual orientation. It's an important step forward towards a liberal, tolerant society.

Speaking on the landmark Supreme Court verdict on Section 377, Congress leader and former external affairs minister Shashi Tharoor said he is pleased to welcome the SC decision to decriminalise consensual acts of adults in private. He also added that in this country we've allowed govt to interfere in private lives of people to discriminate against people on basis of sexual orientation,but SC stood up for equal treatment of citizens.

LSBTQ celebrates their victory after the apex court decriminalises gay sax

Here's how people celebrate the landmark judgement of Supreme Court on Section 377

Ashok Row Kavi, LGBT rights activist and founder of Humsafar Trust on Supreme Court legalises homosexuality

J. Chandrachud on Section 377

Tragedy and anguish inflicted by Section 377 should be remedied. Macaulay's legacy exists 68 years after the coming of a liberal Constitution. The human instinct to love has been constrained. Sexual orientation has become a reason for blackmail on the Internet.

CJI Mishra on Section 377

Time to bid adieu to prejudicial perceptions deeply ingrained in social mindset. Time to empower the LGBTQ community against discrimination. They should be allowed to make their choices.

People in several parts of the country celebrate after Supreme Court scrapped Section 377 of the IPC and decriminalises gay sex between consenting youths.

Homosexuality no longer a crime in India

Supreme Court five-judge bench headed by CJI Dipak Mishra has given the landmark judgement in the case. 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."

Supreme Court will pronounce verdict on Section 377 shortly

All eyes are on the Supreme Court as soon it will decide that whether the gay sex is a crime or not in the country.

The petitioners who have challenged the section 377 in the Supreme Court

Bharatnatyam dancer Navtej Singh Johar, journalist Sunil Mehra, restaurateur Ritu Dalmia, Neemrana hotel chain co-founder Aman Nath and businesswoman Ayesha Kapur, have challenged the Section 377 saying they are living in fear of being finished.

10:42 (IST) Ahead of the Supreme Court's decision on whether the homosexuality is a crime or not, tweeple have been taking over the micro-blogging platform to share their views regarding the matter.

Earlier on July 17, Justice DY Chandrachud observed that its wrong to assume that the LGBTQ community contributes to the spread of diseases.

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