SC agrees to hear IIT LGBT group’s plea on Sec 377
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear a petition filed by a batch of 20 current and former students of Indian Institutes of Technology, seeking scrapping of Section 377 of IPC which criminalises gay sex and carries punishment of up to ten years of imprisonment.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud issued a notice to the Centre.
The fresh petition alleged that criminalisation of sexual orientation had resulted in a sense of shame, loss of self-esteem and stigma. “Several of the petitioners have had to grapple with depression, self-harm, and other mental health issues, including even suicidal thoughts, all of which have had a very deleterious effect on their academic and career prospects,” the petition said.
The petitioners include scientists, teachers, entrepreneurs and researches and are of different age groups. One of the petitioners was a batch mate of former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan.