There has been huge uproar throughout the country with people supporting the striking down of section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 (IPC). The people who have successfully been able to adapt to the circumstances with time and the people who have a broader mindset wish to strike the section down. When people talk about section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, people generally think it just criminalises homosexuality (sexual attraction to the people belonging to the same sex) and violates the rights of gay people. However, there are more aspects of this section than what most people are aware of.
It can be divided into the following three parts for easier understanding-
- Criminalises homosexuality.
- Criminalises certain acts between heterosexuals.
- Criminalises sexual activities between humans and animals