Supreme Court's verdict on Section 377: LGBTQ community members, activists celebrate landmark judgment [Photos]
The Supreme Court on Thursday passed a verdict on Section 377 of the IPC, and said consensual sex between homosexual adults is not a criminal offence. However, unnatural sex with animals remains criminalised.
The Supreme Court on Thursday partially decriminalised Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which previously deemed consensual sex between homosexual adults as a criminal offence. A five-judge bench concurred that this section of the law cannot be regarded as constitutional. Reuters
The judgement came after a batch of writ petitions were filed by dancer Navtej Jauhar, journalist Sunil Mehra, chef Ritu Dalmia, hoteliers Aman Nath and Keshav Suri and business executive Ayesha Kapur and 20 former and current students of the IITs. Reuters
The bench, stating that homosexuality is not a mental disorder, hoped for a better future. It said that the Indian Constitution nurtures dissent as a safety valve of society. Reuters
The apex court directed the Union of India to take all measures to properly broadcast the fact that homosexuality is not a criminal offence, and to create public awareness and eliminate the stigma members of the community have to face. The court also asked that the police force should be given be periodic training to sensitise them about the issue. PTI
Referring to Section 377 as arbitrary Chief Justice of India Deepak Misra spoke for the five-judge bench and said that the autonomy, intimacy and identity of an individual are to be protected. He said that majoritarian views and popular morality cannot dictate constitutional rights. Reuters
The LGBTQ community across the nation took to the streets to celebrate the landmark verdict, along with activists and celebrities joining the festivities via social media. Reuters