The Supreme Court decriminalised consensual sex between two adults irrespective of their gender Thursday. 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, unanimously delivered the judgment after hearing an array of petitions challenging the criminalisation of homosexuality.
The much-awaited verdict sparked celebrations among the LGBTQI community. In the verdict, the apex court said that the LGBTQ community possesses the same fundamental rights as other citizens.
From filmmakers to sports personalities, the verdict was celebrated by all. Here’s how people reacted to the verdict online:
— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) September 6, 2018
Well done Supreme Court.
You have finally got the government out of our bedroom.
Now, for the kitchen.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) September 6, 2018
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! 👍👍👍💪💪💪🙏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/ZOXwKmKDp5
— ruchi kokcha (@ruchikokcha) September 6, 2018
Whao ! Just Whao ! What was natural and beautiful is now also legal . https://t.co/RfZjjIrdEs
— Sudhir Mishra (@IAmSudhirMishra) September 6, 2018
— Kaabira. (@KaabiraSpeaking) September 6, 2018
Till yesterday, India was at -1 regarding LGBTQ+ rights.
Today, we are at 0.
Let’s hope, sometime in the near future, we score a +1.#Section377
— Meghnad (@Memeghnad) September 6, 2018
— Danish Aslam (@dan1shaslam) September 6, 2018
— Samir Abbas (@TheSamirAbbas) September 6, 2018
— Pankaj Ahuja (@panku_) September 6, 2018
— Fluttershy (@pujaparekh) September 6, 2018
I AM SO HAPPY. HOMOSEXUALITY IS NO LONGER A CRIME IN INDIA. I’M CRYING. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE ONES WHO FOUGHT FOR IT. CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US. I’M SO HAPPY. LOVE WINS EVERYONE 💜#Section377
— Nayo 💫 (@nayoxx) September 6, 2018
— Prixie (@prixie07) September 6, 2018
— Ravish Bharti (@ravishbharti) September 6, 2018
Congratulations India!!! The Supreme Court of india is truly Honourable in each of our hearts today. Can’t imagine I lived to see this day! #Section377Verdict 🌈🌈🌈
— SSM (@SwatySMalik) September 6, 2018
Love – 1
Homophobia and hatred – 0
— Swati Mehta (@Swaahti) September 6, 2018
Great day for our democracy! Just so happy! #section377. A giant step towards equality for all.
— Hemal (@007_hemal) September 6, 2018
#Section377 a barbaric law imposed by British Indian government is finally rooted out from the system. Well done to our supreme court for looking into the future and taking a huge step in making India a place for everybody irrespective of any factor. #Section377Verdict
— Pranesh Dutta (@Praneshdutta) September 6, 2018
Love is Love is Love is Love is Love is Love Love is Love is Love is Love is Love is Love Love is Love is Love is Love is Love is Love Love is Love is Love is Love is Love is Love Love is Love is Love is Love is Love is Love Love is Love is Love is Love 🌈🌈🌈🌈 #Section377
— Braxton (@braxtonryn) September 6, 2018
Being a gay is not a crime and therefore we should all support this Decision because if a human doesn’t respect a human so who will do that.
— Aakash Parveen (@aakashpdutta) September 6, 2018
After years of protests and appeals, the top court has finally struck down a colonial-era law that makes homosexual acts punishable by up to 10 years in prison.