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As India Rejects Section 377 And Legalises Gay Sex, Here's Arnab Goswami's Take On It

Written By Digital Desk | Mumbai | Published:

After the Supreme Court struck down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which crimalised homosexuality, here's what Republic TV's Editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami has to say about it:

"Section 377 is dead. History. Millions of LGBTs in India are now free to declare their sexual orientation without the undercurrent of fear or guilt. A battle won hard and with many scars, the greatest of the scars being the humiliation, the insult, the abuse, the dirty words used and the description that homosexuals have gone through in India that they are outcastes, outlaws, perverts, mentally retarded and sub-human. All these battled scarred braves celebrate and we celebrate with them. We are proud to have been part of their fight and like the fight against triple talaq and the battle again nikah e muta and the battle for the right to pray from Shani Shignapur to Haji li, we promise to fight on till the day comes when gays can marry. and that day is not far. let the fight begin"

Watch his full take above

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  In a landmark judgement for gay rights in the progressive 21st century India, a 5-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court on Thursday delivered a unanimous verdict taking down sections of the colonial-era 158-year-old Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalises homosexuality.

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.

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What did Section 377 say?

Section 377 of the IPC reads, "Whoever voluntarily has carnal inter­course against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine." While the law doesn't explicitly refer to LGBT, the very mention of "against the order of nature" has come to be referred for same-gender sexual relations.

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