In one of its most historic judgements, the Supreme Court on Thursday, September 6 decriminalised consensual gay sex, thus ending the draconian British era Section 377. The apex court termed the part of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which crimiminalises unnatural sex as irrational, indefensible and manifestly arbitrary. "The ideals of individual autonomy must be preserved. We have to bid adieu to stereotypes and prejudices. Constitutional morality must guide us all," Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said while delivering the judgement.
The bench, headed by Misra, also comprised of Justices AM Khanwilkar, RF Nariman, DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra. Justice Chandrachud also asked the medical community to sensitise itself about the rights of the LGBTQ community.
As the LGBT community across the country is celebrating the judgement, reactions are coming in from all sections of the society.
Here's how Twitter reacted to the historic verdict:
And there its- gone !!! Congratulations to the #LGBTQ community for decades long battle. Congratulations to CJI Dipak Misra & the bench for making India a better democracy today. Here's to what the end of #Section377 symbolizes- #FreedomToLove #RightToEquality #Liberty https://t.co/gyoe8KjSCf— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) 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
As Supreme Court abolishes #Sec377, one pauses to reflect on the hundreds of activists, individuals, artists, lawyers who have sacrificed so much to achieve this victory. Thank you to the Hon'ble Supreme Court for this moment. But the fight is not over -1— Gaurav Gogoi (@GauravGogoiAsm) September 6, 2018
The Hon'ble Supreme Court has struck down the law #Sec377. We as people must continue to work to cleanse the hatred and insecurity that still exists in our society. Indian civilisation has always embraced diversity of thought, creed, religion and identity. -2— Gaurav Gogoi (@GauravGogoiAsm) 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
So pleased to learn that the SupremeCourt has ruled against criminalising sexual acts in private. This decision vindicates my stand on Section 377& on exactly the same grounds of privacy, dignity &constitutional freedoms. It shames those BJP MPs who vociferously opposed me in LS.— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) September 6, 2018
Historic Judgment by the Hon'ble Supreme Court. An archaic 156 year old #Section377 makes way for Fundamental Rights of LGBT community— Gaurav Bhatia (@gauravbh) September 6, 2018
Proud of our Supreme Court
"We have to vanquish prejudice, embrace inclusion, and ensure equal rights"- CJI Misra's judgment #Section377 #LGBT pic.twitter.com/jeTajxZmGG