New Delhi: The apex court has reserved its order on scrapping of the Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code(IPC) on Tuesday, which makes homosexuality as a criminal offence.
The verdict was issued by a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI). The Centre told to the Supreme Court that it would leave it to the wisdom of its judges to decide the constitutional validity of Section 377.
Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, had put forth this notion. In 2009, the Delhi HC had decriminalised Section 377, but the order was kept aside by a Supreme Courth bench.
According to the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Section 377 deals with “unnatural offences,” and holds “whoever voluntariyl has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.”