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Section 377 verdict reactions highlights: Govt has no place in our bedrooms, says Shashi Tharoor

Section 377 reactions highlights: Gay rights activists from across the country are celebrating the Supreme Court verdict.

By: Express Web Desk | Agartala, Kochi, Mumbai, New Delhi | Updated: September 7, 2018 7:06:40 am
Section 377 reactions LIVE updates: Section 377 verdict reactions: On July 17, a five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra had reserved its verdict after hearing various stakeholders for four days, including gay rights activists.

As soon as the Supreme Court legalised homosexuality and partially decriminalised Section 377 of the Indian penal Code (IPC), gay rights activists started celebrating the verdict. 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 judgment 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.”

On July 17, the bench had reserved its verdict in the a colonial-era provision that punishes same-sex relations, after hearing various stakeholders for four days, including gay rights activists.

Section 377 of the IPC states: “Whoever voluntarily has carnal inter­course against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with 1[imprisonment for life], or with impris­onment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.” This archaic British law dates back to 1861 and criminalises sexual activities against the order of nature.

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20:49 (IST)06 Sep 2018
Arunachal, Nagaland activists express their feelings on the SC verdict which decriminalises Section 377

“There is no LGBTQ organisation in Arunachal Pradesh. So today to celebrate, the few of us who know each have just got together. I want to take this opportunity to appeal to the public to support us,” says Marie Game, a transgender based in Itanagar. “In a Christian society like ours, the SC verdict means a lot. We do not have the opportunity to hold pride parades and such in public. Most of our meetings are undercover. But 377 verdict, I hope, will give people a sense of confidence,” says Keven Hanson, a LGBTQ activist from Nagaland.

19:03 (IST)06 Sep 2018
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18:35 (IST)06 Sep 2018
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18:13 (IST)06 Sep 2018
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17:52 (IST)06 Sep 2018
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17:23 (IST)06 Sep 2018
'The SC verdict is a reply to all the absues, body shaming, slander and insults that I heard while growing up'

“Stigmatising homosexuals and transgenders is so common in Tripura that no LGBTQ community/collective has ever had the chance to grow in the state. I recall the abuses, body shaming, slander and insults when I grew up. The Supreme Court verdict is a reply to all of them,” says Shivani Acharjee, a transwoman from the state.

17:15 (IST)06 Sep 2018
SC verdict on LGBTI gives hope to those fighting for justice: Amnesty

Hailing the Supreme Court judgment decriminalising consensual gay sex, Amnesty International India Thursday said the verdict gave hope to everyone fighting for justice and equality. The SC unanimously decriminalised part of the 158-year-old colonial law under Section 377 of the IPC which criminalises consensual unnatural sex, saying it violated the rights to equality. “The judgment closes the door on a dark chapter of Indian history. It marks a new era of equality for millions of people in India," said Asmita Basu, Programmes Director, Amnesty International India. "The remarkable victory today is a milestone in the three decade old struggle by the LGBTI community and their allies in India,” she added.

15:58 (IST)06 Sep 2018
Don't consider Homosexuality a crime, but same sex marriage not 'desirable': RSS

Like the Supreme Court we too do not consider this a crime. However, the same sex marriage and relationship are neither natural nor desirable which is why we do not support such relationships: RSS leader Arun Kumar told ANI.

15:38 (IST)06 Sep 2018
Hope the judgment will boost efforts to eliminate stigma and discrimination against LGBTI persons: UN

United Nations India Thursday lauded the Supreme Court for striking down a 'key component' of IPC's Section 377 which criminalises 'specific sexual acts between adults' and said the judgment will boost efforts to eliminate stigma and discrimination against LGBTI persons.

14:42 (IST)06 Sep 2018
Read what Subramanian Swamy said after SC verdict on Section 377
14:37 (IST)06 Sep 2018
'With the verdict, Queer community has a new beginning'

“Finally it has happened. I feel very happy because that we have been fighting for this for so long. Manipur was the first state in the Northeast to have the Pride Parade. We organised it in 2013. The next year, we replaced it with Miss Trans Queen Contest North East. That we did every year till 2016,” says Santa Khurai, arguably Manipur’s most famous transgender activist, who is the founder of All Manipur Nupi Maanbi Association (AMANA), adding that “With the judgment will help despite impediments. It is like the queer community has a new beginning.”

14:35 (IST)06 Sep 2018
We also have to see how the government will treat the community after this, says transgender activist from Assam

“We are very happy that the mindset will finally change. But this is just the first stage of our victory. We also have to see how the government will treat the community after this. For example, Assam still has no Transgender Policy despite the Supreme Court ruling. As a result, most of the transgenders in Assam have been left out of the NRC. Our fight will continue.,” says Swati Bidhan Baruah, 27, well-known transgender activist and Conciliator in Lok Adalat, Assam.

14:33 (IST)06 Sep 2018
'Sure preachers will be preaching negatively about the judgment in church'

“I am certain preachers will be preaching negatively about the judgment in church but despite that for the Christian state of Mizoram and for our community, it is a milestone,” says Goosh Vangchhia, 33, who is known to have come out as Mizoram’s first gay man in public. “Everyone should be equal. That’s what the Bible says. After all, it’s all abut love that Jesus is preaching.”

14:31 (IST)06 Sep 2018
'Shillong has not done a pride walk till now, but I am certain we will make it happen this year'

“The KHADC CEM HS Shylla recently said that the KHADC Amendment Bills do not recognise the third gender. The 377 judgement is a big blow to him. I wonder what he will have to say now. I can’t express how happy I am — how happy we all are. Shillong has not done a pride walk till now — but after this historic judgment, I am certain we will make it happen this year,” says Rebina Subbah, founder chairman of Shamakami, the only LGBTQ registered organisation in Meghalaya.

14:23 (IST)06 Sep 2018
We join people of Indi, LGBTQIA+ community in their victory over prejudice: Congress
14:20 (IST)06 Sep 2018
Kanimozhi welcomes SC verdict on Section 377
13:53 (IST)06 Sep 2018
Only hope for justice for LGBTQ community was the judicial system: Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor further said, "When I tried to introduce the private member's bill exactly on these grounds the SC has raised, I was shouted down by the members of the BJP not once but twice, after two unsuccessful attempts of introduction by a bigoted majority. I myself said that the only hope for justice for this community will be the judicial system."

13:52 (IST)06 Sep 2018
This is about freedom of Indian citizens in democracy, it's not just about sex: Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor said, 'We have allowed the government to interfere in the private lives of people, to discriminate against people on the basis of their sexual orientation and to infringe on the rights and freedoms the constitution has long upheld. The Supreme Court has today stood up for equality of all our citizens, it has stood up for the dignity of individuals irrespective of personal preferences and it has stood up ultimately for the value of privacy which is itself a right the Supreme Court upheld last year.'

'This is about the freedoms of Indian citizens in a democracy, it's not just about sex. It's about how we treat our own citizens and to my mind, the government has no place in the bedroom and the private lives of individuals Criminal acts, child molestation are still illegal but private acts between consenting adults, this is something no government should have criminalised, unfortunately we have done since the days of the British raj. I am happy that today is a dawn of freedom for many of our citizens,' told the Indian Express.

13:46 (IST)06 Sep 2018
'We have won the legal fight, but in society we still have to gain victory'

Today’s SC decision is truly historic. It says that the rights which are granted by the Constitution of India are enjoyed by the LGBT community as well. It is a day to celebrate. We have won the legal fight, but in society we still have to gain victory: Ankit Gupta, LGBT activist

13:43 (IST)06 Sep 2018
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gay sex, Section 377, Supreme court, SC on section 377, Dipak Misra, Section 377 verdict, section 377 verdict reactions, gay community, LGBTQ, india news, Indian express news In January 2018, the Supreme Court had said a larger group of judges would re-consider the previous judgment and examine Section 377’s constitutional validity.

The Centre, which had initially sought adjournment for filing its response to the petitions, had later left to the wisdom of the court the issue of legality of the penal provision on the aspects of criminalising consensual unnatural sex between two consenting adults.

In January 2018, the Supreme Court had said a larger group of judges would re-consider the previous judgment and examine Section 377’s constitutional validity. Revisiting their 2013 verdict, the top court had added that it will decide on a curative petition by five persons. The Supreme Court had then said: “The section of people who exercise their choice should never remain in a state of fear.”

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