Live Updates: SC to resume hearing on Section 377 on Wednesday
Follow for updates as a five judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court of India begins hearing a batch of writ petitions by LGBT persons challenging the constitutionality of Section 377 on July 10
Welcome to National Herald's Live Blog on day one of historic hearings by the Supreme Court, of writ petitions by LGBT persons challenging the constitutionality of Section 377 IPC
Follow for updates as a five judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court of India begins hearing a batch of writ petitions by LGBT persons challenging the constitutionality of Section 377 on July 10.
Section 377 in SC: Former AG Rohatgi in April pointed out that the court was still awaiting Modi govt's response
The Supreme Court on April 24 had again sought the Central government’s response on a petition challenging Section 377. Senior counsel and former Attorney General of India Mukul Rohatgi had urged the bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud to ask the government to respond to the plea. "I want to know the Central government's stand on the constitutionality of Section 377. For one year, no reply has come," he told the bench.
Section 377 effectively criminalises consensual same sex activity and stigmatises the LGBT community
Indian Penal Code's Section 377, which criminalises sexual acts “against the order of nature”, regardless of consent, effectively criminalises consensual same sex activity and stigmatises the LGBT community
Section 377: Modi Govt now has to spell out stand as SC refuses adjournment
The Modi government will finally have to spell out its stand on Section 377 as the Supreme Court has refused its request to adjourn hearing on the archaic law scheduled for today, July 10
BJP MP Subramanian Swamy says same sex relations "against Hindutva", ahead of Supreme Court hearing on Section 377
Section 377 trending since early morning as support pours in for LGBT rights on Twitter
Top tweets on Section 377: "India has no place for Section 377. Time for the Supreme Court’s Constitution Bench to fling it in the bin"
Top tweets on Section 377: Actress Koena Mitra "Hope Section 377 becomes history soon!"
CJI-led five-judge Constitution bench will hear the Section 377 writ petitions by LGBT persons
Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra recently reconstituted the Constitution bench. The Section 377 case will now be decided by CJI Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud, Rohinton F Nariman and Indu Malhotra
Ritu Dalmia, Navtej Johar, Aman Nath among LGBT persons whose writ petitions will be heard by the Supreme Court challenging the legal validity of Section 377
Chef Ritu Dalmia, Navtej Johar, Sunil Mehra, Ayesha Kapur and Aman Nath are among the LGBT persons who have filed petitions being heard by the Supreme Court challenging the legal validity of Section 377
Ritu Dalmia: "A gay person already goes through a lot of trauma to come to terms with their sexuality, and when they hear that it is also criminal, this trauma just gets accelerated"
"When the 2009 Delhi High Court judgement came, so many people came out of the closet. And with the 2013 (Supreme Court) judgement, it was like taking 10 steps back. A gay person already goes through a lot of trauma to come to terms with their sexuality, and when they hear that it is also criminal, this trauma just gets accelerated."
20 current and former IIT students have also filed petitions against Section 377
In May, another petition was filed challenging constitutionality of Section 377 by a batch of 20 current and former students of Indian Institutes of Technology. Students, claiming to represent more than 350 LGBT alumni, students, staff and faculty from the IITs, said that the existence of Section 377 had caused them "mental trauma and illnesses, such as clinical depression and anxiety and relegated some of them to second-class citizenship".
IIT students petition against Section 377 says the law "legitimises the stigma associated with sexual orientation and its expression"
Coming from different parts of the country with diverse religion, age, sex and other backgrounds, the IIT student petitioners said that Section 377 legitimises the stigma associated with sexual orientation and its expression—something which is essential, fundamental, intrinsic and innate to an individual
Breaking: Section 377 hearing begins in Supreme Court, reports Bar & Bench
Constitution Bench of CJI Dipak Misra, Justices Rohinton Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra sits; Hearing on Section 377 commences
Top tweets on Section 377: Barkha Dutt "Dear Supreme Court. Do what our politicians failed to do. Do the Right Thing"
Follow Lawyers' Collective website The Leaflet to watch key interviews with activists who have fought over many years against Section 377. Lawyers Collective filed a case against Section 377 before Delhi High Court in 2002
Section 377: A petitioner asks that pending curative petitions in earlier Supreme Court judgment be heard along with current writ petitions, reports SFLC
Section 377: ASG Tushar Mehta submits that the views of the Centre will be placed before the court during the course of hearing; reports Indian Express
Senior counsel and former Attorney General of India Mukul Rohatgi kicks off arguments for petitioners in Section 377 hearing; reports The Hindu
Section 377: Senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi "We want a declaration from the SC that our rights are protected under Article 21 (fundamental right to due process, life and liberty)"; reports The Hindu
Section 377: Senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi "First issue to be addressed is the correctness of Suresh Kaushal judgment of December 2013"; reports The Hindu
Section 377: Senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi "In the Privacy judgment, Justice Chandrachud has said that Section 377 judgment - Kaushal judgment is wrong"; reports SFLC
Section 377: Full list of Writ Petitions before the Supreme Court, via @TheLeaflet_in
- Navtej Singh Johar v. Union of India (UOI), WP (Crl) No. 76/2016
- AKKAI PADMASHALI v. UOI, WP(C) No.572/2016
- Keshav Suri v. UOI, WP (Crl) No.88 of 2018
- Arif Jafar v. UOI, WP(Crl) No.100/2/18
- Ashok Row Kavi and others v. UOI, WP(Crl) No.101/2018
- ANWESH POKKULURI v. UOI, WP (Crl) No. 121/2018