Section 377

Introduction: The Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) is an act that that criminalises homosexuality and was introduced in the year 1861 during the British Rule in India. 

About: 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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