India legalises same gender relationships

India legalises same gender relationships

- India has taken a historic step in the direction of same gender relationships

- The country recently legalised same gender relationships

- This ruling by India's Supreme Court overturns a judgement that categorised same gender intercourse as an 'unnatural offence' in 2013

In a historic step this Thursday, September 6, India has legalised same gender relationships. The country's Supreme Court ruled that same gender intercourse is no longer a criminal offence.

According to BBC, this move overturns a ruling made in 2013, the ruling upheld a colonial-era law under which same gender intercourse is categorised as an unnatural offence.

The court also ruled against the discrimination on basis of an individual's sexual orientation. According to ruling, sexual orientation discrimination is considered a fundamental violation of rights.

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The law against same sex relationship was reported to be put under section 377 law, a 157-year-old colonial-era law which criminalises certain sexual acts as "unnatural offences" that are punishable by a 10-year jail term.

After the same sex relationship was legalised, campaigners who have been protesting, cheered while some broke down in tears.

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However, it was gathered that despite the fact that public opinion in India's biggest cities were in favour of legalising gay sex, some religious groups have been said to oppose the law.

BBC revealed that the ruling was delivered by a five-judge bench headed by India's outgoing chief justice Dipak Misra. It was gathered that the ruling was unanimous.

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