Section 377 verdict: The Supreme Court on Thursday after months of deliberations gave a landmark judgement and struck down the Indian Penal Code’s (IPC) Section 377 that criminalised homosexuality. Once this verdict was out, people across the country were filled with pride and joy. The decision was taken by the Apex court bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra along with Justices D Y Chandrachud, Rohinton Fali Nariman, A M Khanwilkar and Indu Malhotra. The CJI while delivering the verdict said that criminalising gay sex is irrational and indefensible. He added that the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) community has same rights as any other citizen.
As soon as the verdict was announced social media started flooding with messages appreciating the Supreme Court’s verdict. Politicians and Bollywood celebrities took over Twitter to express their joy. While Karan Johar wrote, “The country gets its oxygen back!” Farhan Akhtar took to his page to bid adieu to Section 377.
Section 377 verdict: Here is how Bollywood Celebrities reacted to the news|
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
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) September 6, 2018
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
The new sunshine of this day is that of a progressive India. Love all!
— Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) September 6, 2018
RIP #Section377. Happy birthday 2018 !! Equal love. Equal lives. Proud Indian today. ♥????????????
— Nimrat Kaur (@NimratOfficial) September 6, 2018
India is a country where the culture changes every 100km. Accepting diversity has to be the core value of every Indian and frankly is the only way India will survive and thrive. Scrapping #Section377 is a step in that direction. It is a good day for India.
— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) September 6, 2018
Sanity prevails for once we can believe we have some sensible decision makers and lawmaker s available to this generation. #Section377 gone with the wind.
— Arjun Kapoor (@arjunk26) September 6, 2018
Crying tears of joy for the lgbtqi community. One day there won’t be any labels and we will all live in utopia. pic.twitter.com/veQe1S92FD
— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) September 6, 2018
— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) September 6, 2018
What is Section 377?
The Section 377 of the Indian Penal Court (IPC) is a 157-year-old law that criminalised certain sexual acts, terming them as ‘unnatural offences’ and made them punishable by a 10-year jail term. The legal battle to scrap the same was going on for many years now. It was back in December 2009, when the Delhi High Court had decriminalised homosexuality. However, in 2013, the Supreme Court restored the colonial-era law. According to an ANI report, by 2016, the top court had agreed to hear the Section 377 petition once more.