In a historic judgement, the Delhi High Court decriminalized homosexuality by reading down section 377 of the Indian Penal Code as it is a violation of fundamental rights.
Section 377 in the Indian Penal Code was created in 1861 by the British and outlaws what it calls any acts against the order of nature and the punishment violations can be up to 10 years along with a fine. Section 377 has widely been considered a completely outdated law and Activists claim it has been a powerful weapon in the hands of police as it is often used to harass the gay and lesbian community. A repeal of Section 377 will also mean changes in civil laws pertaining to inheritance, property and adoption.
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