Government does not have separate proposal to repeal or amend section 377

Government does not have separate proposal to repeal or amend section 377

In a reply to a query, Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary has stated that the Union Home Ministry has not separate proposal to repeal or amend Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalizes unnatural offences.

He stated that the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has begun registering cases under this section beginning this year and acknowledged that the matter is sub-judice before the Supreme Court of India.

The maximum cases under this Section were registered in Delhi (140), out of which 110 people were arrested till September.

The Supreme Court in December 2013 had struck down an earlier Delhi High Court decision that de-criminliased gay sex and declared gay sex an offence punishable up to life imprisonment. A review petition was also rejected in January this year. A curative petition is however, still pending before the apex Court.

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