India reports its first ever case of same-sex assault after Section 377 verdict

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New Delhi: A 19-year-old girl has been accused of raping a 25-year-old woman with a sex toy. The survivor had alleged that the accused had forcefully committed anal sex upon her.

Delhi police have arrested four people for allegedly raping and blackmailing the victim, including the accused woman on charges under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, making it the first such development in the country ever after the Supreme Court decriminalised same-sex relations in September last year.

The accused was produced before the Karkardooma Court where the police was granted a day to interrogate her and thereafter she was sent for judicial custody in Tihar jail.

The matter came to light in September last year when the woman could not lodge a case against the accused as the Seemapuri Police refused to file a case under Section 377 stating that a woman could not commit the crime of rape according to the IPC provision.

The victim, who had come to Delhi from the Northeast for work, has alleged that the accused raped her and subjected her to repeated sexual and physical assaults.

According to the allegations made, the victim was taken to an apartment in Delhi’s Dilshad Colony and gangraped there along with others who have been arrested.

According to Delhi Police data, till March 2018 as many as 28 cases have been registered under section 377 (unnatural offences) of the Indian Penal Code. From 2015 to March 2018, more than 543 cases of sodomy were registered at various police stations.

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