Global

Supreme Court decriminalises Section 377, declares homosexuality legal

Supreme Court decriminalises Section 377, declares homosexuality legal

India's Supreme Court on Thursday legalised consensual sexual relations between adults of the same gender as it partially struck down a British-era law that criminalised homosexuality.

The constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra termed the part of Section 377 as irrational, indefensible and manifestly arbitrary.

READ | What is Section 377?

Lawyers have steadily worked to overturn the supreme court's decision but had a major breakthrough in 2017.

Justice Indu Malhotra says, "History owes the members of this community redressal for past persecution and ignorance of the majority".

One of the judges who gave out separate orders with one unanimous conclusion, however, expressed disappointment with the stance of the government.

"The focus must now be on ensuring access to justice, including remedy; effective investigations of acts of violence and discrimination; and effective access to economic, social and cultural rights", the statement said.

"A range of previous judgments like the NALSA [recognition of transgenders] and the Justice Puttaswamy case [Right to Privacy] have led to the court now striking down the Section 377".

More news: Small Meteorite Hits Space Station

Senior Advocate Shyam Diwan threw light on how the members of LGBT community are "invisible" until they develop relationships, upon which they become "visible" to the society and the State; the "shadow of criminality" cast upon them and their treatment as "second class citizens".

Supporters of the campaign to scrap the ban milled around the Supreme Court before the verdict and cheered the decision, hugging one another and waving rainbow flags.

On its official Twitter handle, the Congress said, "We join the people of India & the LGBTQIA+ community in their victory over prejudice".

In 2009, the Delhi High Court had ruled in favour of decriminalising section 377 - a decision which was overturned only to by a two-judge Supreme Court bench in 2013, in the Suresh Kumar Koushal versus Naz Foundation case. "NALSA was reiterated by at least three of them-Justice Mishra, Justice Chandrachud and Justice Nariman", said Ranganathan.

It was asked to reconsider its position by a small group of gay and lesbian activists who launched a legal petition. "The recognition of equal citizenship, that is the business of life, so that they know they are loved, protected".

'So proud today! Decriminalizing homosexuality and abolishing section 377 is a huge thumb up for humanity and equal rights! The Court expressed that it will examine whether its is permissible under Constitutional morality to criminalize sexual acts performed by consenting adults.

The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights, the Apostolic Churches Alliance and two other Christian organisations have consistently opposed any move to legalise gay sex.


  • Nikoloz Basilashvili Falls to Nadal but Gives Georgians Something to Cheer

    Nikoloz Basilashvili Falls to Nadal but Gives Georgians Something to Cheer

    Open's showcase match between Serena and Venus Williams on Friday night when he was shown raising his fist on the big screen. Elsewhere, Juan Martin del Potro beat Borna Coric 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 to make the last eight for a third successive year.
    Ronan Farrow’s Former Producer Says NBC Tried To Kill Weinstein Story

    Ronan Farrow’s Former Producer Says NBC Tried To Kill Weinstein Story

    Farrow himself said the story should have been reported earlier and has praised McHugh as an "unsung hero of this entire story". Now, former NBC news producer Rich McHugh , who worked on the story with Farrow , has accused NBC of trying to kill the story.
    Citing Terror, Pentagon Stops $300M in Pakistan Aid

    Citing Terror, Pentagon Stops $300M in Pakistan Aid

    But he also said that the Trump administration was willing to give Imran Khan and his team some "space" to make their policies. The chairman of Pakistan's senate foreign relations committee, Mushahid Hussain, said the proposed cuts were "a sop to India".
  • Longtime Dem loses to left-wing challenger in primary upset

    Longtime Dem loses to left-wing challenger in primary upset

    John Tierney, who brought significant personal baggage to the campaign. "She will serve the district well in Congress". The last time an incumbent Democratic House member lost a primary was in 2014, when Seth Moulton defeated former Rep.
    Kyrgios involved in more controversy after umpire intervention

    Kyrgios involved in more controversy after umpire intervention

    No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki is out of the US Open in the second round, joining No. 1 Simona Halep on the sideline. On Thursday, tournament referee Brian Earley also denied suggestions that Lahyani was trying to gee up Kyrgios.
    Ronaldo Jr dazzles on Juventus debut

    Ronaldo Jr dazzles on Juventus debut

    However, according to the Daily Mirror , Mourinho told United transfer chiefs not to sign Ronaldo following his Real exit. Ronaldo moved to Juventus from Real Madrid in a €100 million deal in July, ending his nine-year stay at the Bernabeu.
  • Two Koreas agree to hold September summit in Pyongyang: Seoul

    Two Koreas agree to hold September summit in Pyongyang: Seoul

    Kim said he'd take " more active" measures toward denuclearisation if his moves are met with corresponding goodwill measures, Mr. The United States, however, has said it is committed to building a peace mechanism if North Korea denuclearizes.
    Gordon may hit Gulf Coast as hurricane after nightfall

    Gordon may hit Gulf Coast as hurricane after nightfall

    Gordon made landfall Tuesday night near the Alabama-Mississippi border packing strong winds, torrential rain and flash flooding. Gordon is still expected to move northwestward the next couple days before turning east by this weekend.
    Trump says Sessions' job is safe until at least the midterms

    Trump says Sessions' job is safe until at least the midterms

    If Republican lawmakers had any spine left, they would pass legislation to protect Mueller from being dismissed without cause. Trump also continues to dance around the question of whether he will grant an interview to special counsel Robert Mueller.
  • Nike features Kaepernick in ‘Just do it’ 30th anniversary campaign

    Nike features Kaepernick in ‘Just do it’ 30th anniversary campaign

    He is now involved in a collusion case against the league, claiming that his protest is keeping teams from signing him. Nike also will create an apparel line for Kaepernick and contribute to his Know Your Rights charity.
    PM-led economic council formed to advise govt

    PM-led economic council formed to advise govt

    Pompeo will be in Islamabad on September 5, but now it has emerged that he would not be alone on the important trip. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday had confirmed that Mr.
    DOJ official told lawmakers Russian Federation  had Trump 'over a barrel'

    DOJ official told lawmakers Russian Federation had Trump 'over a barrel'

    Another Republican point of protest is that Ohr's wife, Nellie Ohr , had worked as a subcontractor for Fusion. Ohr is a Department of Justice official who has been at the agency for nearly three decades.