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    Supreme Court unlocks expansive notions of freedom

    In a landmark judgment last week, the Supreme Court (SC) junked Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that denied a sizeable minority of the LGBT community the right to pursue its sexual orientation. In doing so, a five-member Constitution bench of the apex court unanimously articulated, through four separate judgments, that the Indian society must respect the rights of the LGBT community to live with dignity as part of the right

  • Section 377 verdict: The battle has only begun

    The Supreme Court judgement that has now decriminalised sexual acts between consenting adults of the same sex is being widely welcomed across the nation. The words of the Justices written across 495 pages are likely to be quoted again and again for the clear and forthright manner in which they offer a broad, expansive, liberal and dynamic interpretation of the Constitution and a powerful reiteration of the guarantees of equality and fundamental

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    If gay professor in ‘Aligarh’ was alive today, he wouldn’t have to die, says Manoj Bajpayee

    Mumbai: Section 377 of the IPC has been repealed, and actor Manoj Bajpayee, who played the lead role in “Aligarh”, is celebrating the fall of the draconian law criminalising homosexuality. Manoj said: “When I played the homosexual professor Ramchandra Siras in ‘Aligarh’, I realised what true loneliness is. The man’s isolation was more of an issue to me than his sexual orientation. I feel the Supreme Court verdict is a triumph for

  • Section 377 verdict: Ramifications of an unexceptionable verdict

    Last Thursday, a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court modified Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code and decriminalised homosexuality involving consensual adults. It was a welcome decision that involved modifying laws to keep pace with the shifting moral codes of society. More to the point, it conferred a certain dignity of life to individuals who had been put on the wrong side of law – and therefore potentially subject to harassment

  • Section 377: ‘SC verdict decriminalising gay sex will tarnish Indian culture’

    New Delhi/Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board chief Wasim Rizvi has claimed that Supreme Court’s verdict decriminalising homosexuality will tarnish the Indian culture, and suggested the Apex Court to review its decision on Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

  • Section 377 verdict opens pandora’s box

    India today joined 17 Commonwealth nations that legalized gay sex between consenting adults in private, so that coitus between two adults, whether male, female or somewhere in between, is no longer a crime.

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    Section 377 Verdict: Love is not a crime, says activist Ankit Bhuptani

    Mumbai: Ankit Bhuptani (26) is elated with the Supreme Court judgement decriminalising homosexuality on Thursday among the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. Bhuptani feels that the historic judgement is a step forward in the inclusion of LGBTs in the society since ‘Love is not crime’ Bhuptani who is the Founder and Chairperson of the Gay and Lesbian Vaishnava Association, “We are very happy with the historical judgment.

  • Section 377: Realism triumphs

    With the march of time, the boundaries of individual freedoms continue to expand. The Supreme Court of India by striking down a key part of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, a 158-year-old-provision criminalizing homosexuality between consenting adults, has accorded primacy to individual rights. What the lawmakers were hesitant to do for decades, the apex court relying on its creative freedom not only to interpret but very often make laws has

  • Section 377 verdict: Homosexuality is genetic disorder that will give rise to HIV, says BJP leader Subramanian Swamy

    New Delhi: Even after the Supreme Court decriminalised homosexuality, Bharatiya Janata Party (BPJ) leader Subramanian Swamy called it a ‘genetic disorder’, which needs to be rectified with ‘medical science’. Swamy said, “Of course what happens in someone’s private life should not be of anyone’s concern, neither should they be punished. It is basically a genetic disorder, like someone having six fingers. Medical research must be done to rectify it.”

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    Section 377: Legal experts welcome SC’s historic verdict decriminalising consensual gay sex

    New Delhi: Senior advocates and jurists on Thursday welcomed the historic verdict of the Supreme Court decriminalising consensual gay sex between adults, saying everyone has the right to live a dignified life with equality. While former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee termed it as a “celebratory” judgment, senior advocate Anand Grover said the verdict will change the political course and human values.

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    Supreme Court’s decision on homosexuality is dawn of freedom, says Shashi Tharoor

    Thiruvananthapuram: Congress Lok Sabha member Shashi Tharoor on Thursday described the Supreme Court decision decriminalising homosexuality as a “dawn of freedom” as the “government has no space in bedrooms”. Reacting to the apex court ruling in favour of the LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual, intersex and queer/questioning) community in India, Tharoor said he was very pleased with the historic judgement.

  • Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad denounces canning of 2 women for lesbian sex after criticism

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday denounced the caning of two women convicted of having lesbian sex in violation of strict Islamic laws, after the punishment sparked a storm of criticism. The pair were caned in front of more than 100 spectators in an Islamic court Monday, with one of the women breaking down in tears, after they admitted breaching rules that forbid homosexual relations.