A five-judge Constitutional bench of the Supreme Court today legalised same-sex relations between consenting adults. The apex court was hearing a clutch of petitions challenging criminalisation of homosexuality. The five-judge bench was headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and comprised Justices Fali Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra.
Calling the SC verdict a historical judgment, Karan Johar wrote on Twitter, “Historical judgment!!!! So proud today! Decriminalising homosexuality and abolishing #Section377 is a huge thumbs up for humanity and equal rights! The country gets its oxygen back! 👍👍👍💪💪💪🙏🙏🙏”
Read all the celebrity reactions to Supreme Court's verdict decriminalising gay sex between consenting adults.
Three cheers to the Supreme Court, says Tusshar Kapoor
Tusshar Kapoor tweeted, "I think this was long overdue! We seemed to have gotten stuck with an archaic law that has no place in today’s society, today’s India! Three cheers to the Supreme Court for heralding a new freedom for the people of this country, Jai Hind! #Section377IPC"
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Rahul Bose on Section 377 Verdict
Rahul Bose shared on Twitter, "Still remember speaking to Justice A P Shah after his & Justice S Murlidhar’s historic judgement on #Section377 in 2009, & being struck by his intelligence and integrity. Who knew India’s #LGBT community was still 9 years away from freedom. Well fought, well earned. All the best!"
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Writer Varun Grover thanks Supreme Court
Varun Grover tweeted, "One step closer to freedom. Thank you Supreme Court, thank you our Constitution and its founders, and above all thank you LGBTQIA+ community for fighting the long fight to teach us love. #377gone"
Minissha Lamba on Section 377 Verdict
"The mark of an evolved civilisation is in the progressive outlook of the laws that govern its lands.. Freedom.. Equality.. Diginity.. are easy words to throw around.. but take daily battles to make them a consistent realities," tweeted Minissha Lamba.
Victory for all, says Raveena Tandon
Raveen Tandon tweeted, "Celebrations and a special congratulations to the LGBT community for standing up for love always! It's a victory for all, for love, most importantly. #Section377 Freedom is most essential for a healthy society. And today, it has been upheld like no other. Live and let live🌈♥️"
Mandira Bedi on Section 377 Verdict
"Evolving and maturing, one step at a time. Well done India! #Section377," Madira Bedi tweeted.
Ekta Kapoor calls this a winning judgement
Ekta Kapoor retweeted Karan Johar's tweet and wrote, "Love won!!!! Pride won !!!INDIAAAAA WON!"
Mushtaq Shiekh calls India 'love compatible'
Historic Day Today. #SupremeCourt squashes the irrational #Section377 & love finally wins!— Mushtaq Shiekh (@shiekhspear) September 6, 2018
India is finally love compatible. With no exception to the rule! #LBGTQ #PrideIndia #377verdict #loveislove #Section377Decriminalised pic.twitter.com/T0MsWGMIVQ
Kalki Koechlin on Section 377 Verdict
Kalki Koechlin tweeted, "So happy today, thank goodness for the rainbow (and all the lawyers that helped put it there!) 🌈"
Akshay Kumar calls this 'a historic day'
Akshay Kumar tweeted, "A historic day for India! Love for all, freedom for all 🌈 RIP #Section377"
Actor and LGBT activist Celina Jaitly on Section 377 Verdict
Celina Jaitly wrote on Instagram, "15 years of my life as a #lgbt activist I waited every single day with a prayer and hope to see and witness this historic day, I cannot imagine what my #lgbt fellow citizens felt all these years being victims of an archaic system, the immense ostracism and criticism I faced as a straight ally and #lgbt activist is not even a patch on it, I was ostracised by colleagues, friends & family too for fighting for #lgbt rights, it did not deter me .. kept me going for I knew there were millions going on without a right to life, without dignity, without being able to breathe freely and without feeling safe. Today is a historic day, our apex courts have given dignity to millions within our country, What a judgement !! ... years of struggle & fighting for equal rights for many has paid off, Today history is made, millions will breath the first breath of freedom... God bless our Indian rainbow 🌈 #lgbt #377 together we will build a world that is free and equal !! #lgbt #section377 #celinajaitly #celinajaitley #celina #jaitly #bollywood #un #freeandequal #mylife #historicevent "
Kajal Aggarwal on Section 377 Verdict
Actor Kajal Aggarwal tweeted, "Love Wins. Happy for the Happy🌈 #LoveisLove #Section377 #377Verdict #RIP377"
Kriti Sanon feels 'proud to be an Indian'
TV actor Rithvik Dhanjani on Section 377 Verdict
He tweeted, "Section 377 abolished! This is a a huge step. At least now the right to fall in love is with just the people in love! #GoodNews"
Soha Ali Khan on Section 377 Verdict
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Twinkle Khanna calls this a 'wonderful day'
Twinkle Khanna retweeted Karan Johar's tweet and wrote, "What a wonderful day! Goodbye #Section377"
Director Prakash Jha on Section 377 Verdict
"377 Salutes to Humanity and Compassion! Love & Peace to Us All!! Jai Ho!!," tweeted Prakash Jha.
Farhan Akhtar on Section 377 Verdict
Farhan Akhtar tweeted, "Bye bye 377. Thank you #SupremeCourt #abouttime #nomorediscrimination #loveislove @MardOfficial"
Manoj Bajpayee on Section 377 Verdict
Manoj Bajpayee, who played Prof Siras in Aligarh tweeted, "Congratulations to the LGBTQ COMMUNITY and fellow citizens.its a victory for all of us. Thank you honorary Supreme Court for instilling our faith in our judiciary and democracy.professor Siras must be a happy man up there.@Apurvasrani @satyarainagpaul @mehtahansal @RajkummarRao"
Hansal Mehta, who directed Aligarh, calls this a new beginning
Hansal Mehta tweeted, "A new beginning. The law is gone. The Supreme Court has done what parliament failed to do. Now it’s time for attitudes to change. Let’s rejoice but let us also reflect. This is a new beginning. #Sec377verdict"
Actor Huma Qureshi on Section 377 Verdict
Huma tweeted, "This is Historic .. All hail the decision by our judiciary #Sec377Verdict Now need our attitudes to change 🌈💕🌹"
Stree actor Rajkummar Rao calls this a historic verdict
Rajkummar Rao tweeted, "Historic verdict by Supreme Court today. #377"
Actor Rakul Preet on Section 377 verdict
The actor tweeted, "#377Verdict .. Historic moment for India .. love triumphs ❤️❤️ a step towards equality for real .. #humanrights !! Congratulations India 🇮🇳"
The judiciary has done its duty, says Aamir Khan
Hailing the decision of Supreme Court, Aamir Khan tweeted, "We thank the Supreme Court for its decision to strike down article 377. It is a historic day for people who believe in equal rights for all. The judiciary has done it’s duty, and now we must do ours."
Actor Siddharth on Section 377 verdict
Anushka Sharma reacts on Section 377 verdict
Calling the verdict a huge step, Sui Dhaaga actor Anushka Sharma wrote on Twitter, "A huge step forward today for love and the right to love. ❤🧡💛💚💜💖🌈#Section377 #377Verdict."
Respect for the honourable Supreme Court, says Aftab Shivdasani
Actor Aftab Shivdasani tweeted, "A landmark decision in the judiciary of India. We must respect each other’s preferences and choices in love. That will determine the level of peace in society. #respect for the honourable Supreme Court for this great decision. #Section377 ✊🏼🙏🏼."
Vishal Dadlani on Section 377 verdict
In his another tweet, music composer Vishal Dadlani wrote, "While it sets the LGBTQ community free from oppression, the scrapping of #Sec377 also liberates heterosexuals! The stupid, regressive law made even oral sex between consensual adults "unnatural" and hence illegal. No more! Congrats, India! Now can we have sex-ed in schools, pl?"