Mumbai, September 6: In a landmark judgment today, Supreme Court has partially struck down Section 377 which decriminalises homosexuality. There have been celebrations following the historic verdict. From celebrating and activists tweeting about it, there is a mood of cheer and rejoice in the air. Homosexuality No More a Crime: Tears of Joy, Celebrations Across India as Supreme Court Partially Strikes Down Section 377 of IPC; Watch Videos.

The Apex Court in July had reserved its verdict on whether to decriminalise Section 377, the archaic law which criminalises homosexuality.  Brands too have jumped in to rejoice and celebrate the decision. What is Section 377 of IPC? Know All About the Law on Homosexuality & LGBTQ Rights.

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The historic judgment was a consensus verdict by a five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and comprising of Justices RF Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra.

Section 377 refers to ‘unnatural offences’ and says 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 10 years, and shall also be liable to pay a fine.

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