Sec 377: Deep-rooted trauma forces LGBT community to be in fear

New Delhi, July 12, News24 Bureau: Hearing on pleas against Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code continues in the Supreme Court.  Supreme Court is hearing petitions against criminalising homosexuality. A newly re-constituted five-judge ( Chief Justice Dipak Misra, justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra) SC constitution bench is hearing petitions on repealing Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) which criminalises "carnal inter­course against the order of nature" and thereby questioning the sexual relationship between two persons of same sex. Here are the main highlights of the hearing:

-Section 377 matter: Lawyer Ashok Desai appearing for one of the petitioners told the five-judge SC constitution bench 'LGBTQ's existence is part of our culture. Many countries have accepted homosexuality.'

-Justice Indu Malhotra said: "LGBT community feels inhibited to go for medical aid due to prejudices involved against them because of family and societal pressures, they (LGBT community) are forced to marry the opposite sex and it leads to bi-sexuality and mental trauma."

-Justice D Y Chandrachud said, "There is deep-rooted trauma involved in the society, which forces the LGBT community to be in fear."  

-Justice Indu Malhotra, one of the judges in the five-judge SC Constitution bench, observed 'LGBT community feels inhibited to go for medical aid due to prejudices involved against them.'