On 6th September, supreme court delivers verdict and decriminalise Section 377 of IPC. From now on, homosexuality is no crime in India.
The historic judgement delivered by five-judge constitution bench, headed by chief justice of India Dipak Misra.
About Section 377
Before today’s verdict Section 377 of the IPC states: “Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with 1 [imprisonment for life], or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.” This archaic British law dates back to 1861 and criminalises sexual activities against the order of nature.
In 2009, the Delhi High Court described Section 377 IPC as a violation of the fundamental rights. The religious group challenged the verdict in Supreme Court.
In 2013, Supreme Court overruled the verdict of Delhi high court and reinforce the criminalisation of homosexuality. Community of India by LGBTQ criticised the judgement given by SC.
In January 2018, Supreme Court of India states that a larger group of judges will reconsider the previous judgement and examine section 377 IPC.
On Thursday, Supreme Court made a historic judgement and declared that adult gay sex is no more crime and sexual orientation is natural and no one have control on it. This is a major victory for the LGBTQ(lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) who were fighting on large scale and persistently demanding to legalise gay sex.
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, a support for LGBT community happily announced that stand is now vindicated.
Further, Society owes an apology to the community of LGBTQ community. This fair judgement has made people really feel happy and social media is already trending in the favour of LGBT.
Here are some tweets from famous personalities:
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! 👍👍👍💪💪💪🙏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/ZOXwKmKDp5
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) September 6, 2018
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) September 6, 2018