SC reserves verdict on Section 377


New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its verdict on pleas challenging the constitutional validity of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) that makes gay sex a punishable offence.

The apex court asked all the counsel who argued for and against 377 to submit written submissions by this Friday.

A five-judge constitutional bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Mishra reserved the verdict after four days of hearing.

Appearing for the Trust God Ministries senior advocate K Radhakrishnan opposing gay marriage argued that homosexuals spread diseases like AIDS.

“Migrant workers also spread HIV. So by your logic, all sexual intercourse will have to be banned, even heterosexual,” Justice Chandrachud responded to him.

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