Section 377 Abolished

This morning the Indian Supreme Court struck down a Colonial Era law, thus decriminalising homosexuality. The path to decriminalisation has been a tortuous one with the first cases filed in 1994 being in limbo for years as a result of courts reluctant to arrive at a ruling on the issue.⁣⁣⁣
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“I was turning into a cynical human being with very little belief in the system, but honestly this has really shown once again that, at the end, we are a functional democracy where freedom of choice, speech and rights still exist.” ⁣⁣⁣
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A quote from Ritu Dalmia – one of the 5 LGBTI activists in India who signed the legal petition to decriminalise homosexuality that succeeded this morning. ⁣⁣⁣

In 2009 the Delhi High Court ruled against the ban, however this was overturned once again four years later much to the dismay of LGBT activists all over India. Though the law was rarely used to prosecute gay and lesbian Indians, it was commonly used to blackmail and harass them, while also impeding the fight against HIV/Aids. ⁣⁣⁣
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Today’s historical ruling paves the way to a more hopeful in India where the constitutional rights of the LGBT community are upheld, moving the country one step closer to ending the endemic discrimination they have faced for far too long.⁣