Section 377 is originally a British colonial law. It criminalises “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” effectively criminalising consensual sexual activity between men. The maximum penalty is life imprisonment.1
Types of criminalisation
- Criminalises sex between men
Commonwealth member state
1. Penal Code 1860, Section 377 Unnatural Offences
“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. Explanation. Penetration is sufficient to constitute the carnal intercourse necessary to the offence described in this section.” Full text.