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Crime records body to compile data on offences under Section 377

NCRB's decision comes against the backdrop of the recent verdict of the Supreme Court which criminalized gay sex

The Supreme Court last week set aside a landmark Delhi high court judgement decriminalizing gay sex. Photo: AFPPremium
The Supreme Court last week set aside a landmark Delhi high court judgement decriminalizing gay sex. Photo: AFP

New Delhi: The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the country’s central repository for tabulating data related to criminal incidents, will soon begin collating data related to offences recorded under Section 377 (“unnatural sex") of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) as it prepares a new format to be sent to states.

NCRB, which was set up in 1986, will undertake the activity for the first time in its history and the move has been cleared by the Union home ministry, which is the controlling authority of the organization.

The decision comes against the backdrop of the recent verdict of the Supreme Court which criminalized gay sex.

“NCRB will begin tabulating data, of offences registered under section 377 by state police departments, from the next year and it will compiled in the annual report prepared by the department every year. The required tabulating sheets to provide data to NCRB by states in this regard will soon be shared with state governments," people privy to the development said.

The decision to include a number of criminal offences, not under the recording purview of the NCRB till now, was being deliberated by the home ministry and NCRB for some time and including offences under section 377 in NCRB record-sheet was taken few months back, these people said.

The other crimes that will henceforth be tabulated separately include gang-rape, murder of victim after rape and detailed sub-divisions under the new law on sexual harassment, they said.

The Supreme Court last week set aside the landmark high court judgement decriminalizing gay sex and threw the ball in Parliament’s court for amending law.

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Published: 15 Dec 2013, 02:58 PM IST
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