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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.

An activist waves a LGBT pride flag after the Supreme Court verdict | Kamal Kishore/PTI

India’s Constitution is ready for gay marriage. Are India’s society and courts?

In ‘Sex and the Supreme Court’, Saurabh Kirpal writes about how marriage equality will fulfil the Constitution makers’ promise to all Indians.
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Not being named judge could have something to do with my sexuality — lawyer Saurabh Kirpal

The appointment panel in the Supreme Court has deferred its decision on the Delhi High Court's recommendation of Saurabh Kirpal's name three times since it was sent in 2017.
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At 17, I was drawn to two older girls. Didn’t know the term lesbian existed

A year after Supreme Court decriminalised homosexuality, here’s an excerpt from the book where lesbians found their voice for the first time.
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Menaka Guruswamy on Section 377, Aakar Patel on dissent & mooning over Chandrayaan 2

The best of the day’s opinion, chosen and curated by ThePrint’s top editors.
A five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court unanimously decriminalised part of the 158-year-old colonial law under Section 377 | PTI

Year after homosexuality was decriminalised, equality a distant dream for LGBTQ community

Supreme Court may have decriminalised consensual adult gay sex, but the landmark judgment was just the beginning of a longer battle for truly equal citizenship.

On Women’s Day, I want a transgender law that won’t hurt one’s sense of self: Apsara Reddy

The Transgender Persons Bill puts the onus on a medical officer to tell trans individuals if they're 'good enough' to be who they truly are!
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In post-Section 377 world, military can still punish what it calls ‘unbecoming conduct’

Armed forces can and must continue to enforce their higher moral standards to maintain discipline.
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After legal win, Sec 377 petitioner Keshav Suri launches foundation to share LGBT stories

The launch of the Keshav Suri Foundation saw five panel discussions on how corporates, the media, and politics can be widened to include LGBTQIA people.
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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.
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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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Sikkim stopped seeing drug users as criminals and look what happened

In 2018, Sikkim Anti-Drugs Act decriminalised illicit drug use and laid down elaborate provisions for detoxification and rehabilitation.
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Reliance, Maruti biggest losers as Sensex drops for fourth straight day amid gloomy outlook

BSE Sensex loses 0.8% while NSE Nifty 50 Index drops 0.9%. A gauge of IT firms rises 0.9%, but 16 out of 19 sector sub-indexes compiled by BSE drop.

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China has more than doubled its military positions at LAC since Doklam, new report says

China is constructing at least 13 new military positions near its borders with India, including 3 air bases and 5 heliports, says a Stratfor report.
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Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?