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IPC Section 377 on Unnatural offences - Homosexuality may be withdrawn

The Indian Government is likely to withdraw the section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which deals with homosexuality.

A meeting between Home Minister P. Chidambaram, Law Minister Veerappa Moily and Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad are likely to be convened for disussing the controversial Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which bans homosexuality, The Hindu reports.

Mr. Chidambaram and Mr. Moily favours repealing the provision, the views of Mr. Azad are unknown.

Chapter XVI, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (Anti-sodomy Law’) was introduced during British rule of India deals with homosexual activity. It is also commonly referred to as the ‘Anti-sodomy Law’. The Section 377 was drafted in 1860 by Lord Macaulay as a part of the colonial project of regulating and controlling the British- and Indian-origin subjects.

The section 377 of the IPC is as follows

377. Unnatural offences.--Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with 1*[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.

Explanation.-Penetration is sufficient to constitute the carnal intercourse necessary to the offence described in this section.

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