Writing this in hurry, couldn’t have waited.
History have been created today in India, this morning Delhi High Court gave its judgment on the petition filed by Naz Foundation challenging the constitutionality of Section 377 of IPC which criminalizes all acts of oral and anal sex between individuals irrespective of age and consent.
High Court ruled in favour of the petition and said,
We declare that Section 377 IPC, insofar it criminalises consensual sexual acts of adults in private, is violative of Articles 21, 14 and 15 of the Constitution. The provisions of Section 377 IPC will continue to govern non-consensual penile non-vaginal sex and penile non-vaginal sex involving minors. By ‘adult’ we mean everyone who is 18 years of age and above. A person below 18 would be presumed not to be able to consent to a sexual act.
The religious groups have already started reacting negatively. They say this is a sad day for civilised people. May their God help them.
The politicians are quiet, Law minister said he would react after reading the judgment.
The road ahead is still long, the next struggles would be about homosexuals couple’s property rights, adoption rights, marriage rights, domestic violence in intimate relations etc.
I have written more about this case earlier here.
A more detailed report in the making. Crossposted on Desicritics