Sec377: Arrests and Cases

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At least 750 cases were registered and 600 arrested under Section 377 of Indian Penal Code in 2014 after Supreme Court struck down an earlier court verdict that decriminalised homosexuality.

According to Home Ministry statistics, the country witnessed registration of 778 cases and 587 arrests under Section 377 until October.

However, this number would rise, as some states, including Karnataka and West Bengal, have not submitted data to the central agencies while other states have not given data for all months.

While states like Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh submitted data until October, Delhi, which topped the list with 140 cases and 110 arrests, has submitted the figures until September.

Uttar Pradesh, which is in the second position with 127 cases and 36 arrests, has provided data for the first six months of the year.

Haryana and Maharashtra also have high number of cases with 99 and 98 respectively. Hundred people were arrested in Maharashtra while Haryana put 89 behind the bars under this provision.

Kerala with 69 cases and 64 arrests and Madhya Pradesh with 64 cases and 48 arrests are two other states, which had high numbers with regard to Section 377.

The practice of collecting the data related to Section 377 was started only this year. The National Crime Records Bureau has said that it has started collecting the data under the monthly crime statistics from January 2014 and does not have statistics for the previous years.

The Supreme Court had in December 2013 struck down a 2009 Delhi High Court order that decriminalised Section 377, giving much relief to the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.

Describing Section 377 as something that takes away their dignity, privacy and rights, the LGBT community has approached the apex court seeking annulling its order and decriminalise it again.

The LGBT community also appealed to the government to repeal the section from the IPC but Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary has recently told Parliament that the Centre has no “separate proposal to repeal or amend Section 377”.

 

State

 

Cases

 

Arrests

 

Delhi (till Sept)

 

140

 

110

 

Uttar Pradesh (till June)

 

127

 

36

 

Haryana (till Sept)

 

99

 

89

 

Maharashtra (till Sept)

 

98

 

100

 

Kerala (till Sept)

 

69

 

64

 

Madhya Pradesh (till July)

 

64

 

48

 

Total (for whole country)

 

 

778

 

587

SOURCE: Union Home Ministry

(An edited version appeared in Deccan Herald on Jan 2, 2015)

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