SC agrees to hear IIT LGBT group’s plea on Sec 377

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION - AmitA­nand.Choudhary @times­group.com

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.

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