Monday, 24 September, 2018

Topic: Section 377

Section 377 of Chapter XVI in the Indian Penal Code states: “Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to 10 years, and shall also be liable to fine.” This British law dates back to 1861 and criminalises sexual activities against the order of nature and the ambit of this law extends to any sexual union involving penile insertion.

G.S. Singhvi

Child porn weighed on my mind, says Supreme Court judge who upheld Section 377 in 2013

Justice G.S. Singhvi, senior in the two-judge bench who wrote verdict, has been criticised for “bias” and insensitivity towards LGBT community.
File photo of a Tech Mahindra stall | Twitter

Tech Mahindra sacks diversity officer ‘who mocked gay people & called Islam a global pain’

The company had conducted an internal inquiry against Richa Gautam after a former employee went public with allegations of harassment.
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Legalising gay sex expected to boost India’s ‘Pink Economy’

Indian businesses, MNCs and government have an opportunity to profit from the Supreme Court ruling to decriminalise homosexuality.
An activist waves a LGBT pride flag after the Supreme Court verdict | Kamal Kishore/PTI

How the Section 377 ruling is linked to the problem of judges’ appointments

Hint: US Senator Kamala Harris’s grilling of Trump’s Supreme Court appointee Brett Kavanaugh can teach us something about it.
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People’s verdict on homosexuality moved us, say IITians who petitioned against Section 377

But achieving wider social acceptance to same sex relations is still "a very big challenge", warns PhD student at IISC.
Supreme Court of India

Disappointed with govt for leaving Section 377 decision to ‘court’s wisdom’ : Justice Chandrachud

The SC Judge, who was part of bench that decided to decriminalise gay sex, questioned the government for not taking a call on sensitive issues such as the recent challenge to Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.
Illustration by Soham Sen

How a woman who couldn’t go to IIT because she got married became ISRO’s top engineer

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.
Muhammad Moiz performs as Phudina Chatni | Olomopolo/Facebook

Time for dirty comedy in Pakistan is now, says first drag queen comedian

Drag queen Muhammad Moiz’s characters Phudina and Shumaila call out the cultural hypocrisy of Pakistan
The sun dial at Jantar Mantar, Jaipur (representational) | Neera Majumdar/ThePrint

It’s all in the stars: Indian astrological texts are full of queer predictions for mortals

In astrological texts spanning over 2,000 years, there are several queer references but none try to offer 'remedies'.
Supreme Court of India

How Supreme Court’s fresh ruling on Section 377 rips apart its ‘perverse’ 2013 judgment

The 2013 judgment, which recriminalised homosexuality, was authored by Justices G.S. Singhvi and Sudhansu Jyoti Mukhopadhaya.

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Charging will last for months in electric vehicles, it's cleaner and convenient to use and also reduces air and noise pollution.

Christian priests accused of rape: Isolated events or eroding credibility of Indian church?

While allegations against Bishop Franco Mulakkal are under investigation, there is pressure on Bishops' Council to initiate a full-fledged probe. Experts weigh in.