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SECTION 377 IPC - Indian Penal Code - Unnatural offences


Last Updated: 01 Feb, 2024
By Advocate Chikirsha Mohanty


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  1. Description of IPC Section 377
  2. IPC 377 in Simple Words
  3. IPC Section 377 related FAQs

Description of IPC Section 377

According to section 377 of Indian penal code, 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 ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.



IPC 377 in Simple Words

In the Indian Penal Code, engaging in unnatural sexual intercourse with a man, woman, or animal, voluntarily, can result in imprisonment for life or a term of up to ten years, along with a fine.

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Offence : Unnatural offences


Punishment : Imprisonment for Life or 10 Years + Fine


Cognizance : Cognizable


Bail : Non-Bailable


Triable : Magistrate First Class





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FAQ's on IPC Section 377

Why was Section 377 removed?

On 12 June 2009, India's new law minister Veerappa Moily agreed that Section 377 might be outdated. Eventually, in a historic judgement delivered on 2 July 2009, Delhi High Court overturned the 150-year-old section, legalising consensual homosexual activities between adults.

What is Article 377 of the Drishti IAS?

Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code 1860, a relic of British India, states that whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal shall be punished. This included private consensual sex between adults of same sex.