Supreme Court rejects review petition criminalizing gay sex

New Delhi, Jan.28: The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to review Centre’s petition against its earlier verdict that had declared gay sex as a criminal offence entailing punishment up to life term.

“We are extremely disappointed. We will be taking our options legally, and we hope to file a curative petition soon,” lawyer Anand Grover told media here today.

Earlier on December 20, the Union Government had filed a review petition in the Supreme Court over its recent ruling on consensual sex between adults of the same gender.

In a major setback for the largely closeted homosexual community in India, the apex court had on December 11 issued an order describing gay sex between consenting adults as a criminal offence.

The Delhi High Court had in 2009 decriminalised gay sex as provided in Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and had ruled that sex between two consenting adults in private would not be an offence. (ANI)