India decriminalized same-sex sexual activity in a historic Supreme Court’s ruling

All members of the LGBTI community in India are still in a pleasant shock, as the country’s high court has finally ruled to lift the ban on same-sex sexual activity. Queer Indians have been long living in the shadows, fighting for years to achieve equal rights. Although, LGBTI people in India have gained more and more tolerance and support during the last decade. And Supreme Court’s decision of September 6, 2018, has become the most important victory to this day.

Section 377 of the Penal Code has been in force in India since 1861. According to the law, “carnal intercourse” was considered to be against the order of nature and was sanctioned with up to ten years in prison. First attempts to lift the “unconstitutional” ban have been made since last year. A coalition of plaintiffs, composed of culture expert Aman Nath, mediaperson Sunil Mehra, dancer Navtej Johar, restaurateurs Ritu Dalmia and Ayesha Kapur, applied to the Supreme Court in a bid to overturn the discriminating law. Their case was taken by the four judges, who have decided unanimously that Section 377 was unconstitutional and violated the right to privacy. The court ruled: “Sexual orientation of an individual is natural and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a violation of Freedom of Expression”.

This remarkable decision has become the giant victory for all representatives of LGBTI community in India. They took to the streets to celebrate, danced, gave up chocolates and congratulated each other. Thus, not only Indians were extremely happy with the court’s ruling, but the whole world took to the Internet to voice solidarity with India's triumph. Members of parliament, TV personalities, fashion designers, celebrity artists and others all expressed their support for Indian LGBTIs in social media.

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