India's supreme court has decriminalised homosexuality in historic ruling
What a great day!
India’s Supreme Court has decriminalised homosexuality, in a historic ruling for the nattion.
The court ruled that the colonial-era law criminalising homosexuality is unconstitutional.
It is a history-making day for the country’s LGBT community, who have been fighting for 20 years to have the law changed.
According to the Financial Times, the five judges involved in the case also unanimously decided that India’s LGBT community should have fundamental rights to equality, dignity, self-expression and privacy.
Amazingly, one of the judges, Justice Indu Malhotra, called for an apology to the LGBT community.
“History owes an apology to the LGBT community and their families for the ignominy, ostracisation and discrimination against them.”
Outside the courtroom, members of the LGBT community were over joyed with the verdict.
“I’m illegal no more. I’m fringe no more. I am in the darkness no more,” said Keshav Suri, an LGBT activist.
Introduced by the British in 1860, the law prohibited “carnal intercourse against the order of nature”, which was punishable by imprisonment.
What an amazing day for the whole world!