- Sep 6, 2018
India bade goodbye to section 377 by painting the country rainbow
6th September 2018, the date when the supreme court’s judgment painted the country in rainbow colors. Supreme court, while decriminalizing gay sex set down a milestone in the lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) community's long struggle for equality, said a person's sexual orientation is natural, and that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a violation of the freedom of expression.
The five-judge bench's verdict was unanimous and was expressed in four concurring judgments. The first of these judgments, that of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice AM Khanwilkar, said consensual sex between adults of the same gender doesn't fall foul of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.
Section 377 criminalizes "carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal". The Supreme Court said aspects of Section 377 dealing with unnatural sex with animals and children would remain in force, the Press Trust of India reported.
Justice Indu Malhotra said history owed an apology to LGBT people for the ostracisation and discrimination they've faced. Justice DY Chandrachud said the treatment of homosexuality as a disorder has several impacts on the mental health of gay people.
Here are some heartwarming pictures from today after the verdict was announced.
News source: India Today