In a historic judgement, the Supreme Court (SC) of India on Thursday ruled that sexual intercourse between consenting adults of the same sex is not a crime, accepting that sexual orientation is natural and people have no control over it. A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra announced its verdict on the validity of Section 377 today, revoking the law criminalising consensual gay sex
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Homosexuality is considered a taboo in a largely conservative Indian society which appears to be divided on the controversial issue. A large segment of people who embrace the idea of personal freedom want homosexuality decriminalised but many privately consider it a “deviant behaviour” and not merely a question of one’s sexual orientation or preference.