Supreme Court scraps Section 377 of IPC
New Delhi: In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court on Thursday scrapped the Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)- a colonial law which criminalises private consensual sexual acts between same sex adults.
A five-judge Constitution Bench of the apex court led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra pronounced the verdict.
The bench also comprises Justices Rohinton F. Nariman, A.M. Khanwilkar, D.Y. Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra.
“We have to bid adieu to prejudices and to empower all citizens,” CJI Mishra said while reading out the judgement.
Under the 1861 law, gay sex was punishable by up to 10 years in jail.