Love, Actually: Supreme Court Ends Section 377

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In a historic judgment, the Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday ruled that consensual adult gay sex is not a crime saying + sexual orientation is natural and people have no control over it.

The judgment, by a Constitution bench of the country’s top court, has defanged the British-era Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which deemed that gay sex is a punishable offence. Now, it is no longer an offence under Section 377 to engage in consensual gay sex in private.

In the combined judgment, the CJI and Justice Khanwilkar said the Section would not apply to consensual same-sex acts between homosexuals, heterosexuals, lesbians and other sexual minorities but would apply to bestiality and sexual acts without consent by one of them. Justice Nariman asked the Union government to work towards eradicating the stigma surrounding homosexuality.

Karan Johar was the first celebrity to welcome the Supreme Court’s landmark judgement abolishing Section 377, under which homosexuality was a criminal offence, in a tweet posted minutes after the verdict was read out by Chief Justice Dipak Misra.

His post was followed by those from Aamir Khan, Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif, Alia Bhatt, Anushka Sharma, Ranveer Singh, Sonam Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Hrithik Roshan, Twinkle Khanna, Abhishek Bachchan and others.

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#LGBTQIA

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#loveislove ❤️🌈

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There is light at the end of the tunnel!!! #freedom

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To FREEDOM. LOVE. RESPECT. EQUALITY. #Section377

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