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The Supreme Court legalised homosexuality and partially decriminalised Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). It sparked wild celebrations from gay rights activists. Even the United Nations lauded the apex court for striking down a 'key component' of Section 377 which criminalises 'specific sexual acts between adults' and said the judgement will boost efforts to eliminate stigma and discrimination against LGBTQI persons, it observed.

A five-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and comprising justices Fali Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra, delivered the judgement, saying, "Only constitutional morality and not social morality can be allowed to permeate rule of law. Sexual orientation is one of the many natural phenomenon. Any discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation amounts to violation of fundamental rights."

While a section hailed the verdict and said it was the dawn of freedom for many of our citizens, a few said it is a huge setback to our culture and traditions. One should understand only change is permanent. Much recently, Ireland voted for gay marriage and later the legalisation of abortion by repealing the Eighth Amendment, meant things are changing for good. Now, the historic verdict by the Supreme Court should bring peace to all the ordinary LGBTQI women and men of India, those who have suffered in silence and fear.


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