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End to archaic colonial law, homosexuality decriminalised

9/6/2018

New Delhi, The LGBT community has a reason to rejoice with the Supreme Court on Thursday decriminalising the homosexuality or legalising the consensual sexual relations between adults of the same gender. The apex court's five-judge constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra passed the landmark verdict. The top court, while striking down the more than 100-year-old archaic colonial law, said, the LGBT community has same rights as any other citizen. "Respect for each others rights, and others are supreme humanity," the top court said, adding that criminalising gay sex is irrational and indefensible. The primary objective of a society is to transform the society. Right to live with dignity is right, the apex court also said. "Dignity is an inseparable facets of life,: the CJI added. Justice DY Chandrachud, who was the other judge in the case, said, "punishment under Section 377 made the LGBT a closeted community, destroyed the identity of members and reached their dignity, all part of right to life." The CJI also said, "I am what I am. So take me as I am. No one can escape from their individuality”. The other judge on the bench, Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman, said,"Homosexuality is not a mental disorder, which has been also recognised by Parliament. Centre must give wide periodic publicity to SC judgement to eliminate stigma attached to LGBT community".

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