Rainbow News: India’s Top Court Strikes Down Law Against Gay Sex After 150-Year Fight

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India’s Supreme Court decriminalized a law against consensual gay sex after more than 150 years of the prohibition. 

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Say no to Section 377!

The top court announced the landmark verdict and people started to cheer and hug each other and became really emotional about this big day not only for India but for the whole world.  The so-called “Section 377” was an old-British rule that criminalized sex “against the order of nature” and resulted in the sentence of life imprisonment.

People all over India celebrate that  Top Court strikes down Section 377.

“I can’t even explain how I am feeling right now. The long battle has been won. Finally, we have been recognized by this country,” said Bismaya Kumar Raula.

“It’s an emotional day for me. It’s a mix of feelings, it’s been a long fight,” said rights campaigner Rituparna Borah. “There was not enough media or society support earlier but we have it now. People will not be seen as criminals anymore.”

150-year fight

The law was adopted during the British rule and was widely criticized by the citizens of India and foreign countries. In  2009, the Delhi High Court ruled that the ban on gay sex is against human rights, but Supreme Court didn’t allow it to happen.

Supreme Court stated that a “minuscule fraction of the country’s population constitutes lesbians, gays, bisexuals or transgenders,” so there was no need to get rid of Section 377. In most of the cases, communities against the LGBT supported their arguments with religious and moral objections.

LGBT-activists and human rights defenders continued to fight back. “After 2013, there was a lot of energetic activism in the country. The kind of outrage that was felt resonated across civil society, outside the LGBT community,” said Sheikh.

“People had started to think of themselves as legal subjects and society had started to tolerate and even accept queer persons.”

That’s why the Supreme Court decided to shift the focus and concentrate on human rights and not on old strict Victorian moral code that has nothing to do with modern India.

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