The Supreme Court on Thursday delivered a historic judgment by declaring that homosexuality is no longer a crime. Pronouncing the judgment, the apex court ruled that an individual has no control over their sexual orientation.
The apex court overruled its own 2013 verdict that pronounced homosexuality as a crime under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The 158-year-old colonial law under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was finally partially struck down by a constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Mishra. The bench stressed on the other aspects of Section 377, dealing with unnatural sex with animals and children, which will still remain in force.
As soon as the judgment was announced, Twitter exploded as people applauded the historic ruling.
So pleased to learn that the SupremeCourt has ruled against criminalising sexual acts in private. This decision vindicates my stand on Section 377& on exactly the same grounds of privacy, dignity &constitutional freedoms. It shames those BJP MPs who vociferously opposed me in LS.
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) September 6, 2018
‘A freer place for everyone’
Congratulations to all the activists and petitioners on #SupremeCourt judgement scrapping #Section377 Your perseverance just made #India a freer place for everyone ! #LoveIsLove #Pride #377Verdict #377Scrapped Three cheers for the #SupremeCourt pic.twitter.com/grA64TTB3w
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) September 6, 2018
‘Most beautiful, romantic judgement’
Take me as I am says the Chief Justice pronouncing his order on #Section377 . Is this the most beautiful, romantic judgdement ever delivered 🙂
— Rana Ayyub (@RanaAyyub) September 6, 2018
‘A ray of light’
— Rahul Bose (@RahulBose1) September 6, 2018
The new sunshine of this day is that of a progressive India. Love all!
— Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) September 6, 2018
‘Country gets oxygen back’
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
‘A better democracy’
And there its- gone !!! Congratulations to the #LGBTQ community for decades long battle. Congratulations to CJI Dipak Misra & the bench for making India a better democracy today. Here’s to what the end of #Section377 symbolizes- #FreedomToLove #RightToEquality #Liberty https://t.co/gyoe8KjSCf
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) September 6, 2018
‘Sacrificed so much to achieve history’
As Supreme Court abolishes #Sec377, one pauses to reflect on the hundreds of activists, individuals, artists, lawyers who have sacrificed so much to achieve this victory. Thank you to the Hon’ble Supreme Court for this moment. But the fight is not over -1
— Gaurav Gogoi (@GauravGogoiAsm) September 6, 2018
‘Witnessing history being made’
We are witnessing history being made. Hats off to all my #LGBT rights activist friends who have battled hard to get here. You have saved India from the shame of being one of the remaining countries in the world that criminalises #homosexuality – thank you for that. #Section377
— Anna MM Vetticad (@annavetticad) September 6, 2018