Section 377: News

12 Aug 2023

Indian Penal Code

Adultery, Section 377 dropped in proposed new IPC overhaul

The Centre introduced three bills in the Lok Sabha on Friday to revamp the legal framework of India's criminal justice system.

'Seminal importance': SC refers same-sex marriage petitions to Constitution bench

While hearing petitions seeking legal recognition of same-sex marriages, the Supreme Court stated on Monday that the issue was of "seminal importance" in India.

12 Mar 2023

Central Government

Same-sex marriages incompatible with 'Indian family' concept: Centre to SC

The central government on Sunday opposed the legal recognition of same-sex marriages in the country in an affidavit filed before the Supreme Court.

06 Jan 2023

High Court

Supreme Court transfers all same-sex marriage recognition pleas to itself

The Supreme Court on Friday transferred all petitions seeking the recognition of same-sex marriages in India—which are pending before various High Courts—to itself, Live Law reported.

20 Nov 2022

Government of India

Promotion delayed due to my [homo]sexuality: Advocate Saurabh Kirpal

Senior Advocate Saurabh Kirpal accused the government of India of delaying his promotion because of his homosexuality, India Today reported

31 Oct 2022


Mumbai: Man arrested for sexually assaulting stray dog in Powai

The Mumbai Police arrested a man for sexually assaulting a female stray dog in the Powai area of the Maharasthra capital on Saturday, The Times of India reported.

15 May 2022


Kissing, fondling minor boy not unnatural offense: Bombay High Court

The Bombay High Court has declared that kissing on the lips and fondling are not unnatural activities under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Delhi HC seeks Centre's response on same-sex marriages

In what qualifies as a progressive statement, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday, while hearing petitions of two same-sex couples regarding the legal recognition of their marriages, said laws are gender-neutral.

26 Sep 2019

Navi Mumbai

Navi Mumbai man gangraped by five; penetrated with coconut shells

In a horrific incident, a 36-year-old man sustained grievous injuries after he was assaulted and gangraped by five men in Vashi, Navi Mumbai on Monday night.

Uttar Pradesh: Same-sex marriage of cousin girls shocks Varanasi

A temple in Varanasi witnessed a peculiar event on Tuesday, after two cousins, dressed in jeans and t-shirts, married one another.

Youngsters compile 'The Pink List,' names LGBTQ-friendly Lok Sabha candidates

Days after the Supreme Court dismissed a petition seeking civil rights for the LGBTQ+ community, a group of three friends have kick-started an initiative to ensure queer issues get political precedence.

Queerythm announces LGBTIQ theater, self-help group on Pride Day

The roads of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, were painted 'rainbow' on Sunday as the first pride parade after reading down of Section 377 was organized in the state.

05 Feb 2019


Mumbai hosts its first gay wedding reception after SC verdict

Almost five months after the Supreme Court read down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, India's financial capital, hosted its first same-sex wedding reception at Anantha hotel, Kanjurmarg, last week.

25 Jan 2019


Practo faces criticism for featuring doctors who offer 'homosexuality cures'

The Supreme Court took a landmark decision last year as it read down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) which criminalized gay sex.

Army won't decriminalize gay sex, says Bipin Rawat

Addressing his annual press conference in New Delhi, Army Chief Bipin Rawat on Thursday said the army won't decriminalize gay sex in the army.

UP: After divorcing their husbands, two women marry each other

Breaking gender barriers, two women from Uttar Pradesh, who were in love with each other for six years, divorced their husbands and got married to each other recently.

31 Dec 2018


#ThatWas2018: 6 Supreme Court verdicts that changed India in 2018

If 2018 can be summed up for India in a phrase, it would be called the 'year of reforms'.

10 Dec 2018


Delta, India's first homegrown dating-app for LGBTQ community is here

India, the country with its archaic laws has never made a welcoming environment for individuals belonging to the LGBTQ community.

09 Dec 2018

Mumbai Police

FIR filed against KRK for vulgar comments on LGBTQ community

Kamaal R Khan, who is known for his problematic statements, has made it to the headlines for yet another controversy.

29 Nov 2018


How has the fight of LGBT community turned against Hindutva

Find what you love and let it kill you, for it is better to be killed by a loved one.

#LoveIsLove: Kerala HC helps woman and her lesbian lover

Saying rights of adults can't be curtailed, the Kerala High Court recently came to rescue of a woman who wanted to live with her lesbian partner.

28 Sep 2018


After 377 struck down, ex-TISS student alleges he was raped

A former student of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai, has filed a complaint with the institute's internal complaints committee, alleging that he was raped by a visiting speaker.

10 Sep 2018


#Section377Verdict: Apurva Asrani celebrates '11 years of togetherness' with boyfriend

'Aligarh' writer Apurva Asrani is beaming with joy after reading down of Section 377 and has lauded the Supreme Court's decision.

10 Sep 2018


#Section377Verdict: India's first transgender bureaucrat plans to get married!

Encouraged by the Supreme Court's verdict of decriminalising homosexuality, India's first transgender bureaucrat, Aishwarya Rituparna Pradhan, wishes to get married to her long-time boyfriend.

08 Sep 2018


Section 377 based on Britain's Buggery Act of 1533: SC

The Supreme Court, which unanimously struck down part of the British-era law that criminalized gay sex, has traced the history of the 158-year-old provision in its judgment back to the reign of King Henry VIII in 1533.

06 Sep 2018


#Section377: How global media organization reported on this landmark judgement

The world media today hailed the overturning of a colonial-era law in India that criminalized gay sex, saying the landmark ruling was a boost for gay rights not only in the world's largest democracy but also the world.

06 Sep 2018


Homosexuality not a crime, but same-sex marriage is unnatural: RSS

Homosexuality is not a crime, the RSS said on Thursday, while maintaining that it doesn't support same-sex marriage as it was "not natural".

06 Sep 2018


Beyond Section 377: Looking at prominent judgment of CJI Misra

Heading a constitutional bench which read down Section 377 of the IPC, CJI Dipak Misra scripted history.

06 Sep 2018


#RainbowTakesOver: Looking at judge's statements on landmark Section 377 judgement

The five-judge bench unanimously read down Section 377 of the IPC making 'Pride' the color of the season.

How 'Right to Privacy' gave new life to Section-377 battle

Reading down the Section 377 of IPC, the Supreme Court gave a landmark judgement on Thursday.

06 Sep 2018


These 6 activists are risking all to fight Section 377

All eyes are set on the Supreme Court as it will, in a short while, give judgement on Section 377. The hearings lasted for four days in July, and the constitutional bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra had reserved the verdict then.

06 Sep 2018


#LandmarkJudgement: Supreme Court rules homosexuality is no more a crime

In a landmark judgement, the constitutional bench of the Supreme Court on Thursday scrapped IPC Section 377 which made gay sex 'unnatural'.

25 Aug 2018


Jaipur: Man has unnatural sex with female stray dog, booked

A man was booked in Jaipur on Friday for having unnatural sex with a female stray dog, police said.

29 Jul 2018


Haryana: Pregnant goat dies after being gang-raped by 8 men

In a ghastly incident, eight men, most of them drug addicts, allegedly gangraped a three-month pregnant goat in Mewat, Haryana.

Gujarat: Wife wants husband punished for forcing oral sex

A Gujarat woman has approached the court seeking stringent action against her husband for forcing her to perform oral sex in their four years of marriage.

17 Jul 2018


Section 377: SC reserves order after a week of hearing

The SC has reserved its order on the constitutionality of Section 377, arguments on which began on July 10.

17 Jul 2018


Appalling! Kolkata man held for raping street dog

In an appalling case, a man was arrested in Kolkata for raping a street dog inside his residence Sunday.

Why should you read about Justice Indu Malhotra?

Indu Malhotra is the first woman to be directly appointed as the Supreme Court judge and has recently expressed her support for the LGBTQ community's "Right to Live".

12 Jul 2018


These arguments made in favor of Section 377 are appalling

The sane minds of India are rallying together to make Section 377 a thing of the past. But the arguments being given by supporters of the archaic law shows it won't be an easy battle.

11 Jul 2018


Things one should understand, before judging the LGBTQ community

For the longest time now, the LGBTQ community has been judged by heterosexual people. Why, you ask? Because, judging people different from us comes naturally to humans.

On decriminalizing Section-377, Centre leaves judgment to 'wisdom of SC'

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court began hearing plea on decriminalization of Section 377. While there are renewed hopes from these proceedings, there were many concerns about the Centre's position on it.

10 Jul 2018


These 6 activists are risking all to fight Section 377

The SC today began hearing a batch of petitions challenging Section 377 and demanding the recognition and dignity for gay people.

10 Jul 2018


Only abolishing Section 377 can cure Subramanian Swamy's homophobia

From his basket which nestles homophobic comments, Bharatiya Janata Party's Subramanian Swamy took out another explanation as to why Section 377 shouldn't be repealed.

10 Jul 2018


SC reconsiders gay rights laws: New hope this time

Rejecting the Center's request for a postponement, the SC has begun hearing pleas challenging Section 377.

11 Jun 2018


Two-girls in Mathura approach police for help to 'get married'

Two women, who claim to be majors, have approached the police in Mathura for help, saying they want to get married but their parents were opposing their relationship, a police official said.

03 Jun 2018

New York City

Showing solidarity to LGBTQ: Why is June 'the pride month'

With the onset of June, chances are your social media feed has been flooded with events to show solidarity towards the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) community, this pride month i.e. June.

17 May 2018


After IITians challenge Section 377, SC agrees to hear plea

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the plea filed by Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) LGBT alumni associations regarding the decriminalization of homosexuality.

03 Apr 2018


No marital-rape, but oral-sex is 'cruelty': Gujarat High Court

Indian laws do not acknowledge 'marital rape' if the woman is aged over 18, meaning husbands can legally have forced sex with their wives.

14 Mar 2018


Decriminalizing homosexuality: When archaic laws weigh down a young nation

In yet another crime stemming from deep homophobia and stigma surrounding homosexuals in India, an 18-year-old girl bludgeoned her mother to death in Ghaziabad last week because she didn't approve of her same-sex relationship with her 35-year-old teacher.

27 Feb 2018


Gurgaon: Woman accuses boss of repeated rape, 'unnatural sex,' blackmail

An employee of a Gurgaon company has accused her boss of repeatedly raping her, forcing her for 'unnatural sex' and threatening to "make (her) life hell."

16 Jan 2018


SC rift 'settled'? No rebel judge to hear key cases

Hours after Attorney General (AG) KK Venugopal claimed the rift between SC judges had been "settled," the court released a list of seven key cases to be heard by a Constitution bench.

08 Jan 2018


Dear Subramanian Swamy, why art thou so homophobic?

A celebrated homophobe, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy is known for his plain disdain for the LGBTQ community.

08 Jan 2018


SC reconsiders Section 377: Hope for LGBT community this time

The controversial Section 377 that criminalizes homosexuality has once again reached the SC, where a three-judge bench agreed to review its 2013 decision upholding the law.

07 Dec 2017


Australia passes historic law legalizing gay marriage

It was a historic day in Australia as the Parliament cleared a Bill legalizing gay marriage to much cheers.

15 Nov 2017


Australia votes yes for gay marriage rights

Australia has voted overwhelmingly in support of same-sex marriage, with 61.6% voting yes.

24 Aug 2017


Privacy is a fundamental right: What will change now?

The SC has had two momentous days. Yesterday, it struck down the practice of triple talaq, marking a milestone in the fight for women's rights.

07 Aug 2017

West Bengal

Nepal: In a first, a transgender woman registers for marriage

In a first such case, Nepal witnessed a transgender woman and a man register their marriage even though there aren't laws legalizing such alliances in the country.

03 Aug 2017


Uttarakhand: Man caught sexually assaulting cow, communal tension escalates

The situation became tense in Uttarakhand's Pauri Garhwal district in Satpuli town after a man was arrested for sexually assaulting a calf.

05 Jul 2017


Karnataka: Woman thrashed, stripped, paraded on road for seeking loan-repayment

Savita of Hire Masali village in Vijayapura district was allegedly thrashed, stripped and paraded on the road by another villager Sugura Moulali and his family when Savita sought repayment of loan, which Moulali had defaulted.

Taiwan becomes first Asian country to legalize gay marriage

In a landmark judgement, judges from Taiwan's highest court ruled in favour of gay marriage, making the small island nation the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage.

01 Mar 2017


AAI cuts down staff salaries by 80%

Airports Authority of India (AAI) reduced the February salaries of its staff without notifying them with any prior warning.

14 Feb 2017

Navi Mumbai

Mumbai-based photographer wins World Press Photo Award

Mumbai-based photographer Nayan Khanolkar was ranked second in Nature category at the World Press Photo Awards.

Gay couples see restaurants, bars shut doors for New Year

Gay couples are reportedly being turned down across the country's high-end bars and restaurants, reports revealed.

28 Nov 2016


Colors float as rules flouted in Delhi

Delhiites painted the city in rainbow colors when hundreds of people participated in the queer pride parade on Sunday.

17 Oct 2016


Thousands in Paris oppose same-sex marriage

Six months prior to the presidential election in France, its capital Paris witnessed scores of people demonstrating against same-sex marriage.