In what has been a long wait for the LGBT community as well as its supporters including all the activists, came the decision of the Supreme Court over section 377.

But guess what? All this hope, struggle and long wait did not go in vain. For the SC was totally in support.

The HC had in 2009 dismissed section 377 of the constitution which banned sexual activity “against the order of Nature”, but this decision was challenged in the Supreme Court which said that only the parliament and not the judiciary can change a law.

In its latest ruling, however, the highest court of the country, that is, the Supreme Court confirmed the right of the country’s LGBT community to express their sexual orientation, giving new height to section 14 of the constitution which includes right to liberty and freedom of the people.

“Sexual orientation is an essential attribute of privacy. Discrimination against an individual on the basis of sexual orientation is deeply offensive to the dignity and self-worth of the individual. Equality demands that the sexual orientation of each individual in society must be protected on an even platform,” read the statement passed by the Supreme Court.

This ruling would make any kind of discrimination against and LGBT individual or the community an offense, hence giving them equal rights and a position in the society.

Kudos to the Indian judiciary for their judgement.

 

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