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Section 377 and why it should go

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12.07.2018

Queen Victoria took a lot of precious stones from India; in return, she bequeathed us a bunch of stone-age views on morality

A Supreme Court Bench headed by Chief Justice, Dipak Misra should finally rid India of that anachronistic law that criminalised all sex against the course of nature. Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was one of the parts of the penal code that originated from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London when India was still subjugated by the British. Entire tomes of laws for various dependencies were written on King Charles Street in London and the joke goes that as the laws were distributed by ship, Africa got them first, followed by India and then Australia. And here is the funny thing, Section 377 exists in the penal code of 42 nations across the world in one form or another but the section number remains the same. Not just in the nations that once consisted of British India but also vast swathes of British Africa and South-East Asia. This section which criminalised sodomy has led to the persecution of many people across the world for decades, primarily because they were men loving other men.

And even though the United Kingdom itself has removed the shackles of its own Victorian morality to become one of the most sexually and gender progressive nations in the world — though not without........

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