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A five-judge Supreme Court Constitution bench on Thursday unanimously decriminalised consensual gay sex.
The apex court termed part of IPC's Section 377, which criminalizes consensual unnatural sex, irrational, indefensible and manifestly arbitrary. The court also partly struck down Section 377 as violative of the right to equality.
Any kind of sexual activity with animals shall remain penal offence under Section 377 of the IPC," it said while adding that Section 377 of IPC was a weapon to harass members of LGBT community, resulting in discrimination.
The Supreme Court further added that the section is arbitrary and 'untenable'.