In a landmark ruling India’s Supreme Court has legalized gay sex. Five members bench of the country’s top court headed by the Chief Justice Dipak Misra has voted to repeal the section 377 from the colonial era which had criminalized the homosexuality.
India’s Supreme Court on Section 377 and Homosexuality
In the unanimous judgment by the five members bench on Thursday, September 6, India’s Supreme Court acknowledged that gay sex is a natural phenomenon and people don’t have any control over it.
According to the Times of India, the Supreme court’s judgment read that Homosexuality was not a mental problem and the LGBT community had the same rights as other members of the society. The verdict also termed section 377 “irrational, arbitrary and incomprehensible’ as it chained the rights of LGBT community.
While India’s Supreme Court decriminalized Section 377 to legalize homosexuality, it upheld that any kind of sexual activity with animals would remain Penal offense under section 377 of IPC (Indian Penal Code).
According to section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, anyone whoever has carnal intercourse against the order of nature, with men, women, and animal must be punished.
The struggle of LGBT Community of India for Its Rights
September 6, 2018, is indeed historic for India’s LGBT community which is celebrating India’s Supreme Court’s ruling to scrape off section 377 with great zeal. The members of the community no longer face the threat of being punished for what they are.
According to experts, more LGBTQ in India will be able to approach the medical assistance in case they suffer from chronic diseases like HIV and AIDS.
A statement by UNAID said, “Today is a day of gay pride, a day of celebration, a day when respect and dignity were finally restored.”
Executive Director of UNAIDS also applauded the community groups, civil society organizations, and activists who fought to get justice for their rights.
A Wave of Celebration In India
Soon After, the verdict was announced a wave of celebration run among India’s LGBT community. Even celebrity from B-town also congratulated the activists for finally getting their rights. According to media reports the extremist organization, RSS has not objected to the verdict of India’s Supreme Court, but it has said to stand against the same-sex marriages.
Here is what several celebrities had to say.
Famous Bollywood director Karan Johar whose sexual orientation often remains the talk of the town said the Supreme Court of India’s verdict as historical judgment.
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
Padmaavat star Ranbir Kapoor also seemed happy.
— Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) September 6, 2018
The new sunshine of this day is that of a progressive India. Love all!
— Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) September 6, 2018
And, Anushka Sharma whose Sui Dhaga memes are making waves on social media also shared her feelings on Twitter.
— Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) September 6, 2018
Love Is Love; this is what Alia Bhatt had to say on it.
— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) September 6, 2018