As India celebrated the Supreme Court of India's verdict of the historic judgment of decriminalisation of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code., tech giant Google has also joined the celebration. To mark the victory of the LGBTQ Community in India over age-old stereotypes, Google has featured a rainbow-flag doodle on its homepage. Welcoming the landmark ruling by the apex court, the company extended its support through the small rainbow coloured doodle.
Google is known for its features to mark the prominent days, events and activities. It often dedicates doodles of the birthdays of eminent personalities and special days. But this time it moved out of the record to mark the historic ruling of the Supreme Court of India and dedicated the doodle to the LGBTQ Community working under its platform. Reportedly, the company revealed that it shelters an unversed, LGBTQ community of employees called the Gayglers. It further revealed that the term was first used for all LGBTQ employees at the company in 2006.
On Thursday, September 6, the 5 judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra ruled in favour of the decriminalisation of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which previously marked homosexuality as a crime in the country.
Announcing its decision the Apex court said that the judgment was passed on the grounds of the biological orientation of the individuals. Being a Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Gay, Transgender or a Queer is not a choice, but it is how they are born. Moreover, it pointed out that the existing law contradicted the right to privacy of an individual.
The court has finally legalised consensual physical relations between consenting adults. The county has welcomed the decision with great joy as rainbow coloured flags and balloons were seen covering the streets across the country. The LGBTQ community arranged Pride Marches in different parts of the country to mark their victory over social inequality. In fact, people have also taken to the social media to voice their opinion in favour of the historic amendment made to the constitution of India.
The controversy over whether or not gay sex should be decriminalised has continued over years. Finally, after 18 years of struggle, citizens belonging to the LGBTQ community have got legal acceptance. The issue was upheld in the Supreme Court by six petitioners who raised their voice against the Section 377 of Indian Penal Code demanding sexual rights.