Celebrities hail Supreme Court verdict on Section 377

Here's what celebrities said about Supreme Court's verdict decriminalising gay sex between consenting adults.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai | Updated: September 6, 2018 4:56:29 pm
karan johar bucket list Decriminalising homosexuality and abolishing Section 377 is a huge thumbs up for humanity and equal rights, says Karan Johar.

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.

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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! 👍👍👍💪💪💪🙏🙏🙏”

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Read all the celebrity reactions to Supreme Court's verdict decriminalising gay sex between consenting adults.

16:56 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
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"

16:18 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
Love is all we need, says Randeep Hooda
16:07 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
Stree actor Shraddha Kapoor shared this Instagram story

16:02 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
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!"

16:01 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
Sara Ali Khan shared this on her Instagram story

15:58 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
Shreya Ghoshal congratulates LGBT community
15:56 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
Bhumi Pednekar shared this message on her Instagram

15:49 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
Richa Chadha on Section 377 Verdict
15:48 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
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"

15:38 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
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.

15:36 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
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🌈♥️"

15:31 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
Mandira Bedi on Section 377 Verdict

"Evolving and maturing, one step at a time. Well done India! #Section377," Madira Bedi tweeted.

15:29 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
Ekta Kapoor calls this a winning judgement

Ekta Kapoor retweeted Karan Johar's tweet and wrote, "Love won!!!! Pride won !!!INDIAAAAA WON!"

15:26 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
Mushtaq Shiekh calls India 'love compatible'
15:18 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
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!) 🌈"

15:15 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
Akshay Kumar calls this 'a historic day'

Akshay Kumar tweeted, "A historic day for India! Love for all, freedom for all 🌈 RIP #Section377"

15:13 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
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 "

15:10 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
Kajal Aggarwal on Section 377 Verdict

Actor Kajal Aggarwal tweeted, "Love Wins. Happy for the Happy🌈 #LoveisLove #Section377 #377Verdict #RIP377"

15:07 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
Kriti Sanon feels 'proud to be an Indian'

15:03 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
Popular designer Manish Malhotra on Section 377 Verdict
14:56 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
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"

14:54 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
Anil Kapoor calls it the 'best news of the day'
14:48 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
Soha Ali Khan on Section 377 Verdict

Soha Ali Khan shared this photo on her Instagram.

14:43 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
Twinkle Khanna calls this a 'wonderful day'

Twinkle Khanna retweeted Karan Johar's tweet and wrote, "What a wonderful day! Goodbye #Section377"

14:42 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
Director Prakash Jha on Section 377 Verdict

"377 Salutes to Humanity and Compassion! Love & Peace to Us All!! Jai Ho!!," tweeted Prakash Jha.

14:34 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
Farhan Akhtar on Section 377 Verdict

Farhan Akhtar tweeted, "Bye bye 377. Thank you #SupremeCourt #abouttime #nomorediscrimination #loveislove @MardOfficial"

14:28 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
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"

14:27 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
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"

14:24 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
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 🌈💕🌹"

14:20 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
Alia Bhatt on Section 377 Verdict
14:18 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
Stree actor Rajkummar Rao calls this a historic verdict

Rajkummar Rao tweeted, "Historic verdict by Supreme Court today. #377"

14:16 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
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 🇮🇳"

14:06 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
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." 

14:02 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
Shilpa Shetty calls the judgement historic
14:00 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
Ranveer Singh on Section 377 verdict
13:56 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
Actor Siddharth on Section 377 verdict

"Thank you Honourable for showing once again that you are the protector of ALL of our people. Love and wishes to all my Indian family. What a wonderful day! Be you. Be true! To each individual who fought for this day, Bye Jai Hind!," tweeted the actor. 

13:52 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
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." 

13:49 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
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 ✊🏼🙏🏼." 

13:47 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
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?"

13:30 (IST) 06 Sep 2018
Amruta Khanvilkar on Section 377 verdict

On Thursday, a five-judge Constitutional bench of the Supreme Court, in four separate but concurring judgments, legalised same-sex relations between consenting adults.