10 incredible pictures of India exploding in ecstasy as gay sex legalised

10 incredible pictures of India exploding in ecstasy as gay sex legalised

10 incredible pictures of India exploding in ecstasy as gay sex legalised

India's Supreme Court on Thursday legalised consensual sexual relations between adults of the same gender as it partially struck down a British-era law that criminalised homosexuality.

The SC has decrimalised Section 377 in India, which was established in 1861 under the British rule.

Under the colonial-era law, homosexual activity was punishable by up to 10 years in jail.

"Section377 is arbitrary. The LGBT community possesses rights like others".

As legal experts pointed out, changing this colonial law was nearly a foregone conclusion after a nine-judge constitutional bench of the Supreme Court ruled in August 2017 that privacy is a fundamental right.

This covered the bouts of depression, the abuse, the persecution, the blackmail and the coming-out journeys they had made while living under a shadow that made their most intimate behavior illegal.

She told the court: "History owes an apology to these people persecuted by Section 377 for the social ostracism caused by the section".

"I don't want to sound pessimistic but I don't think we will see gay marriage in my lifetime", he said. "They won't fight, ' he said".

The unanimous judgment was authored by four out of the five judges on the bench.

While India's law only legalises sexual acts between adults, gay activists have hailed the verdict as a major boost in the deeply conservative country where religious groups have fiercely opposed any liberalisation of sexual morality.

One judge described the law, known as section 377, as "indefensible and irrational". One thing we have learned from the dilly-dallying of courts over the past decade is the fact that even when we have freedom, it could be taken away at any time. Society is now better for individualism."-India's chief justice". The government has said that it would go by the court's decision and not push for criminalising gay sex. "And it's violative of Article 14", he said, stating that "talking about the importance of individual identity with dignity, individual autonomy and equality for all without discrimination are cardinal corners of our Constitution".

The Supreme Court's historic judgment decriminalising homosexuality was peppered with some heartwarming observations, as well as several pointed reiterations of the right to personal liberty.

The CJI also emphasised on the role of courts while giving judgments on issues that deal with rights of a minority section which has been subject to historical discrimination while also stressing on the importance transformative Constitution. "If a law is unconstitutional, it is the duty of the court to strike it down".

Arun Kumar, a spokesman for the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the parent organization of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, said Indian society "traditionally does not recognize" gay relationships, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

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