Social media explodes as Supreme Court hears Section 377

LGBT, gay, homosexuality Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 12, 2018, 04.01 PM (IST)

In its hearing on Thursday, Supreme Court said that the LGBT community is forced to live in fear. The apex court also added that because of family and societal pressures, the LGBT community is "forced to marry the opposite sex and it leads to bi-sexuality and mental trauma". 

The court is hearing petitions against Section 377, which says homosexuality is a crime. The petitions are being heard by a five-judge bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. 

Also read: Indian Psychiatric Society says homosexuality not a psychiatric disorder

As the Supreme Court gave out its views, social media was also flooded with reactions on Section 377.

Here are some of the social media reactions:

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 A donor-supported legal services organization called the Section 377 as an attack on the identity of the LGBT.

The tweet read, "#Section377 KVV: By tagetting conduct, section 377 actually targets identity. #LGBT persons cannot express themselves and Art. 19(1)(a) protects all rights to dress, choose partner and express their personality. Therefore section 377 violates freedom of speech".

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Calling the attraction between the same sex as "natural feeling" a user wrote that "being a Bi or straight does not have anything to do with religion". 

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In January this year, the country's top court agreed to hear a clutch of petitions which said the law had led to an atmosphere of fear and intimidation. 

On Wednesday, the Centre told the Supreme Court it would leave the matter of deciding the constitutionality of Section 377 to the "wisdom of the court". The Supreme Court replied that, subject to arguments, it intended to rule that people should not be prosecuted for having gay sex. 

To which the government replied that the court should stick to ruling on Section 377, but not go any further into questions of, say, marriage or property rights. 

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