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Section 377 archaic, has no place in 21st century: Cong

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today welcomed the Supreme Court's decision to reconsider its 2013 verdict, criminalising gay sex, saying section 377 of the was "archaic" and had no place in the

said section 377 should be decriminalised and hoped that the would repeal it or courts read down the article.

"The time has come that either the courts must read down section 377 or the should repeal it from the Indian Penal Code. It is an archaic provision which has no place in India," he told reporters.

The Supreme today referred to a larger bench a plea seeking decriminalisation of gay sex between two consenting adults.

A bench comprising and justices A M Khanwilkar and said the issue arising out of section 377 required to be debated upon by a larger bench.

The section 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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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 21:20 IST