Unnatural offences 377. 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 ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.
While the law has been rarely implemented; and people caught under this law have been discharged with minor sentences; this law together with Capital Punishment remain as big blots of the Indian legal system and a bad reflection of the Indian society. Recently, 150 notable individuals from Vikram Seth, M J Akbar to Amartya Sen wrote a protest letter demanding the repeal of the law.
Societies worldwide are increasingly accepting the rights of same sex couples. Most European countries and a few
And even if we ignore all these rationales; the law infringes upon basic human rights. The same sex couples not only have to bear the burnt of societies scorn; they also have to put up many times with police machinations. Though this law causes inconvenience to only a few; it can only do our society good if we strike it down. And yes, strike down capital punishment too.