Section 377 violation of your fundamental rights

Section 377  violation of your fundamental rights

Section 377, Indian Penal Code, 1860 (hereinafter ‘IPC’) was enacted by the British colonial regime to criminalize ‘carnal intercourse against the order of nature’. It was rooted in the Judeo-Christian religious morality that abhorred non-procreative sex.

Section 377, IPC reads as:

“377. Unnatural offences.—Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.

 

The law that you see above was made in 1860 and a lot has changed from then .The definition on its own is not self sufficient has  became subject to varied judicial interpretation over the years. Initially covering only anal sex, has now come to include oral sex and so on.

Though ostensibly applicable to heterosexuals and homosexuals, Section 377 acted as a complete prohibition on the penetrative sexual acts engaged in by homosexual men, thereby criminalizing their sexual expression and identity and Section 377 was used as a tool by the police to harass, extort and blackmail homosexual men and prevented them from seeking legal protection from violence; for fear that they would themselves be penalized for sodomy.

This all may seem very vague now but was quite real in that age an even today in parts of the world , The law made consent and age of the person irrelevant by imposing a blanket prohibition on all penile-non-vaginal sexual acts under the vague rubric of ‘unnatural offences’ .This  stigma and prejudice created and perpetuated a culture of silence around homosexuality and resulted in denial and rejection at home along with discrimination in workplaces and public space.

In the mindset in which India is today  which only recognize rape as a sexual offence and disregards others.

whereas  rape only scratches the surface of the obscenity that concludes sexual offenses  in today’s world of increasing unnatural acts, mindsets

and  you know what the irony is that ” we don’t even care ”

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6 Comments. Leave new

  • Padmaa Murugesan
    May 12, 2015 3:27 pm

    Good work…!

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  • Akul Dev Saha
    May 25, 2015 4:42 pm

    It is actually very ironical that the section was enforced under British colonialism. That time, in Britain, there were aristocratic people who were homosexuals but Britain govt. didn’t do much to change that judicially. Even when they did, it attracted widespread criticism.

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  • Informative article.. Good work!!

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  • Chandni Ahuja
    July 20, 2015 3:01 pm

    The archaic section 377 violates several of the fundamental rights – that of equality, freedom of expression and right to life. However it cannot be repealed in its entirety because it contains some important clauses. It should be modified to de-criminalise consensual adult same-sex intercourse.

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  • Jannat Sandhu
    July 21, 2015 12:34 am

    Good work

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  • Ankita Rijhsinghani
    September 27, 2015 10:07 pm

    Great Job
    It is true that Section 377 is a violation of the fundamental rights of an individual.
    We should de-crimialise it since, even homosexuals have a right to live in our country
    You sexual identity should not hamper somebody’s growth. Loving someone and being loved and accepted by others is a basic need .
    It is a basic right, and it should no longer matter whether someone is lesbian, gay or a eunuch
    One must live and let others live

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