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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Successive governments have defended the archaic Section 377 of the IPC, which is based on 19th century Victorian morality. But the intense debate in society and the media in recent times may have forced the political class to change its stance.