India scraps colonial-era ban on gay sex in landmark ruling

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India's top court to deliver landmark gay sex ruling

In a landmark ruling, India's top court has struck down a colonial-era law that prohibits homosexual acts.

"Like SC, we also do not consider this to be a crime".

"It was a law that propagated homophobia", said Keshav Suri, one of the petitioners against Section 377, who organized a dance show at his family's luxury Delhi hotel to celebrate the court victory.

Arun Kumar stated that things like gay sex or same-sex marriages are still taboo and unacceptable things in the Indian society.

And anti-gay groups insisted that Indian society will never fully accept the LGBTQ community.

Misra was also critical of the 2013 Supreme Court verdict stating views such as that "LGBTQ is a minuscule part of the population" and the "mere scope of abuse" of Section 377 were constitutionally impermissible.

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But the government left it to the court to decide the validity of the law dealing with consensual sexual acts between two adults.

Actor Swara Bhaskar said the verdict showed that popular morality can not suppress constitutional rights. The shriek was followed by a spontaneous celebration involving tears, relief and joy.

"Consensual sex between adults in [a] private space, which is not harmful to women or children, can not be denied as it is a matter of individual choice", the court said.

"Constitutional morality can not be martyred at the altar of social morality", Chief Justice Dipak Misra said, reading out the verdict. Time to empower LGBTIQ community against discrimination. 'This is good. If people love each other freely, they will live together happily.

"Treatment of homosexuality as a disorder/ disease has a severe impact on the mental health of such persons".

"The LGBT community has the same rights as any ordinary citizen". He directed the Centre to give wide publicity to this judgment to remove the stigma attached to homosexuality.

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"They can not be pushed into obscurity by an oppressive colonial legislation".

History owes an apology to the LGBT community. Chief Justice Dipak Misra said that that the LGBT community possesses rights like every other person, and that constitutional rights can not be dictated by majoritarian views and popular morality.

In 2009 the Delhi High Court effectively decriminalised homosexuality, saying a ban violated fundamental rights, but the Supreme Court reinstated it in 2013 after religious groups successfully appealed, saying that the high court had overstepped its authority and that the responsibility for changing the law rested with lawmakers not the courts.

The five-judge bench's decision to strike down the law, known as Section 377, followed weeks of deliberation in the Supreme Court and decades of struggles by gay Indians.

"And we are all of concurring opinion", said Chief Justice Dipak Misra as he began reading out the unanimous and historic judgment of the five-judge bench to a packed court room.

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