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SC: With 377, LGBT stigma will also end

DNMUM418120 | 7/13/2018 | Author : DNA Correspondent | WC :405 | India



New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday said the social stigma and discrimination attached to the LGBTQ community would go if criminality of consensual gay sex is done away with. The SC bench maintained that it would scrutinise the legal validity of section 377 of the IPC in all its aspects.
A five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, hearing a clutch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the 158-year-old penal law, also rejected a proposal of lawyers, seeking retention of Section 377, that public opinion should be elicited on the matter, saying it did not want a referendum but would go by constitutional morality.
The court said the LGBTQ community faced the stigma because of the criminality attache
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