Journal article

Koushal v Naz: Judges Vote to Recriminalise Homosexuality

Tarunabh Khaitan

The Modern Law Review | Wiley | Published : 2015


In Koushal v Naz the Indian Supreme Court overturned a High Court judgment which had declared unconstitutional section 377 of the Indian Penal Code criminalising ‘carnal intercourse against the order of nature’. In doing so, it has rebranded gay and transgendered Indians as criminals. This case note explores some of the structural problems that led to this judgment. The first problem is the transformation of the Indian Supreme Court into a populist, quasi-legislative, institution that sees itself as a tool of governance. This has put significant pressure on its counter-majoritarian role. The second relates to the sheer size of the Court’s docket (given its wide jurisdiction and lax standing ru..

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