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India has come a long way in terms of the LGBTQ community. Still, many activists are fighting for the rights of the community. One such right that changed the course of the LGBTQ community was Section 377. Ever since the abolishment of Section 377, people have started accepting diversity. Keep on reading to find out more about section 377.

  1. In Section 377, whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman, or animal, is punished with life imprisonment and heavy fines.

  2. A non-government organization called the Naaz Foundation first raised the question of Section 377 in Delhi High court in 2001.

  3. In July 2009, the Delhi High court decriminalized sex between consenting adults of the same gender.

  4. The Supreme Court overturned the High court’s judgment in 2013, recriminalizing the act.

  5. In 2016, five petitions were filed in the Supreme court by LGBTQ activists claiming their rights.

  6. In August 2017, the Supreme Court affirmed that privacy is a fundamental right under the constitution.

  7. It is also a matter of privacy what one’s sexual orientation is.

  8. In January 2018, the Supreme court agreed to hear a petition to revisit the Naz foundation judgment.

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  9. On 6 September 2018, the Supreme court of India delivered a historical verdict by striking down Section 377 of IPC.

  10. To know more about Section 377, head over to the link given below. 

Let us know in the comments if you are an ally or a member of the LGBTQ community. Furthermore, provide your opinions about section 377 and how you felt about its abolition. 

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