LGBTQ supporters in India were overwhelmed when SC verdict on Section 377 came out.
As a welcome change, the landmark verdict decriminalised many LGBT community citizens, by reversing its own decision when it struck down the 158-year-old colonial law on consensual gay sex.
Moment for contemplation
The hugely marginalised LGBT community in India is hailing this historic moment as a great victory.
The verdict finally put an end to a long-standing legal battle where LGBT community could hold their heads high, freely claiming their sexual orientation and savoring love.
While this golden moment of supreme humanity is a result of steely resolve, despite the bleak political scenario and nationwide movement, it is also a moment for self-reflection.
We had for the longest while, as society afflicted uncalled for callousness on LGBT community, judging them and even caricaturing their uniqueness. Revoking of Section 377 has finally marked an inception of a new era.
A giant leap for society at large
The judgment is not only a win for the LGBT community but also a giant leap for the society. The decriminalization of consensual gay sexual activity is a step ahead in a change of shackled mindset.
The remarkable triumph trumps the three-decade-old struggle by the LGBT community and their allies in India.
Following a tumultuous uncertainty, subsequently, Section 377 has been struck down, seamlessly blending every community of India together.
The main tenet of this verdict delivery is doing away with the irrational Section 377 that referred to voluntary gay sex as a demonstration of unnatural offence, culpable for up to 10 years in prison under the 1861 law.
The Supreme Court verdict gives a new ray of hope to the LGBT community by finally putting to rest an emotional debate over the right to freedom, respect for individual choice and privacy.
The scraping of regressive Section 377 and legalization of gay sex also marks an end to intimidation and harassment of members of the LGBT community, raising a toast to the essence of liberty.
The world media has commended the turning of a new leaf, saying the landmark ruling is elevating for gay rights not only in the world’s largest democracy and most populous nation but also globally.