In a historic judgement by Supreme Court today, Section 377 has been abolished. "Take me as I am", says the Chief Justice pronouncing his order on Section 377 . A five-judge Constitutional bench of the Supreme Court legalised same-gender relations between consenting adults. The bench was headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and comprised Justices Fali Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra.
Justice Indu Malhotra said, "History owes an apology to members of the community for the delay in ensuring their rights. section 377 will however continue govern non-consensual sexual acts, carnal intercourse with minors and acts of bestiality."
The criminalisation of homosexuality was first imposed by the British in 1861 by calling it 'Unnatural offence'.
Filmmaker Karan Johar took to Twitter to express his joy over the verdict. He wrote,"Historical judgment!!!! So proud today! Decriminalising homosexuality and abolishing #Section377 is a huge thumbs up for humanity and equal rights! The country gets its oxygen back!"
Here's how people are sighing in relief:
A user wrote on Twitter, "I am illegal no more, wpuld be no more in shadows. I can live freely."
There have been celebrations in The Lalit Hotel, New Delhi. Keshav Suri, who is the executive Director of the Llait Suri Hospitality Group is a LGBTQ activist.
While the nation is celebrating, we recall a statement giving by Baba Ramdev back in the year 2013. He had written on Twitter, "If Sec 377 is abolished, we will nation wide agitate against such effort."
Well, we now have to see how will he and his supporters will react.
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