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SC Agrees To Hear Plea By LGBT Group Of IITs Seeking Decriminalisation Of Homosexuality

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| May 17 , 2018 , 16:05 IST

The Supreme Court on Thursday announced that it will be hearing the plea filed by the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) LGBT alumni associations seeking the scrapping of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalises homosexuality. The apex court however, has not fixed any date for hearing the plea.

Soon after famous hotelier Keshav Suri of the Lalit Group of Hotels approached the Supreme Court to decriminalise gay sex, a group of 20 current and former students of IITs on Tuesday filed a petition in the Supreme Court claiming that criminalisation of homosexuality resulted in a sense of shame, loss of self-esteem and stigma.

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The ages of the petitioners include a 19-year-old current student and an graduate from 1982 batch, and they belong to different parts of the country, well-established in their professional lives in professions ranging from scientists, teachers, entrepreneurs and researchers.

"Despite being among the brightest minds in the country, having graduated from top national institutions, with the best possible opportunities available in terms of career, they are nevertheless criminalised by the archaic colonial provision in Section 377 and are deprived of the rights and freedom guaranteed to them by the Constitution," the petition said.

"Several of the petitioners have had to grapple with depression, self-harm, and other mental health issues, all of which have had a very deleterious effect on their academic and career prospects," it said.

"The stigma, silence and violence that Section 377 brings deeply hurts their professional promise and personal fulfilment. It has rendered many of them subject to mental trauma and illness that they continue to grapple with. Section 377 has contributed to the brain drain of LGBT alumni, including some of the petitioners from IITs," the petition said.

john paul

Why is SC wasting time on 0.00001% percentage population of India's 1.3 billion population...LGBTs are the least stable minded according to psycology. Who ever is supporting them is doing it for political mileage and corrupting the nation