The supporters of the LGBT community welcome the Supreme Court’s verdict of decriminalizing gay sex

Delhi (India) : The supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community welcome the Supreme Court’s verdict of decriminalizing gay sex and revocation of the archaic Section 377 law. Activists hope the scrapping of the ban will uphold the right to equality but many acknowledged that discrimination would persist.
Gay sex had been punishable by up to 10 years in prison under Section 377of the Indian constitution, a relic of the Victorian-era laws imposed by the British Empire. There are no official demographics for the LGBT population in India, but the government of India submitted figures to the Supreme Court in 2012, according to which, there were about 2.5 million gay people recorded in India. These figures are only based on those individuals who have self declared to the Ministry of Health. Yesterday India’s Supreme Court ruled gay sex was no longer a crime.
A five-judge bench in India’s Supreme Court was unanimous in overturning the ban. But the ruling could face a legal challenge from groups that say gay sex erodes traditional values. The Chief Justice of India Dipak Mishra said as he read out the judgment – “Any consensual sexual relationship between two consenting adults – homosexuals, heterosexuals or lesbians – cannot be said to be unconstitutional.”

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