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Shashi Tharoor to introduce bill to amend Section 377

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Shashi Tharoor will introduce a private member’s bill today, which seeks to amend Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), in the Lok Sabha.

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The Indian Penal Code (Amendment) Bill 2015 is one of three bills that Tharoor will introduce. The other two bills deal with restricting the applicability of the sedition law and codifying the way India treats asylum seekers. These bills will only be brought up for discussion, and put to vote.

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“Through these three bills, I am trying to bring in the 21st century attitudes to these issues in order to eliminate the colonial era relics that have hampered in many ways our penal code and create a legal structure that we in 21st century India can be proud of.” Said Mr. Tharoor in a press conference.