In a historic move, the Supreme Court has struck down section 377 decriminalising the homosexuality in the country. The apex court comprised of five bench was headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and comprised Justices Fali Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra. CJI Dipak Mishra ruling the judgment said, “We have to bid adieu to prejudices and to empower all citizens”.
The bench was hearing the petition filed by Navtej Jauhar, journalist Sunil Mehra, chef Ritu Dalmia, hoteliers Aman Nath and Keshav Suri and business executive Ayesha Kapur.
Supreme Court Decriminalises Homosexuality
“The LGBTQ community needs the rainbow of hope for the sake of the humanity. They should be allowed to live with dignity and without pretence. This is their journey to dignity, equality and liberty. It is time to bid adieu to prejudicial perceptions deeply ingrained in social mindset. It is time to empower LGBTQ community against discrimination. They should be allowed to make their choices,” the judgement reads.