India celebrated the decriminalisation of gay rights as Supreme Court announced its verdict on section 377 on Thursday, September 6. Section 377 of the IPC previously criminalised the rights of the LGBTQ community. While the law doesn't explicitly refer to the LGBTQ community, the very mentioning of "against the order of nature" has come to be referred for same-gender sexual relations.
In the recent state of affairs, the Supreme Court of India gave the verdict calling the ban on homosexuality 'irrational, arbitrary and incomprehensible'. The Supreme Court also added that consensual sex is no crime and that the LGBTQ community enjoys the same rights as other citizens. While Bollywood came out in support of the decision, actress Amyra Dastur exclusively shares how proud she is of the decision.
Amyra Dastur in an exclusive conversation with Republic TV said, "One of my best friends is gay and he’s been one of my biggest supporters since I started out in the industry. I’ve seen him grow and become more confident as a human being even though he’s living in a country where being who he was is considered a crime. The decision by the Supreme Court is a revelation and I’m proud today to call myself an Indian. The judgment passed truly proves our culture is accepting change and more importantly, accepting people for who they really are."
Meanwhile basking in the glory of his recently released film 'Stree', Pankaj Tripathi has also extended his support saying that it was about time for this judgment to take place.
In an exclusive interaction with Republic TV, Pankaj Tripathi said, "It's a great judgment as people should feel free to choose what or who they want."
Following verdicts by four judges, with Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra speaking on behalf of Justice Khanwilkar, the 5-judge bench unanimously held Section 377 (to the extent of sexual acts between consenting adults) as unconstitutional. While pronouncing his verdict, CJI Dipak Misra said that sustenance of identity is one’s right and that “protecting one’s identity and one’s privacy are the important pillars of the Constitution.”
Nora Fatehi of 'Dilbar' fame stated that the liberty to live life embracing individuality without fear of prosecution is a right and not a privilege.
In an exclusive interaction with Republic TV, the actress said, "Its a great moment for the LGBT community and for the society one that should be celebrated indeed. A society that restricts freedom of expression and freedom to be is a regressive society. India has taken a huge step in progressing and protecting the rights of the country's people. Discrimination should never be tolerated and instead should be made a crime."
As India wakes to a new dawn of liberation, advocates of the LGBTQ community breathe a sigh of relief.
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