The court will most likely reach a verdict in a few weeks. The question of how far safeguards should stretch for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Indians pumped a bit of tension into the courtroom. When Mr. Rohatgi said. He argued that the law was not in keeping with a ruling last year that guaranteed the constitutional right to privacy, including for gay people , and that it made no distinction between consensual and nonconsensual sex. For much of its precolonial history, India was at ease with depictions of same-sex love and gender fluidity.
India court legalises gay sex in landmark ruling
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Campaigners celebrate as India decriminalises homosexuality
As the Indian supreme court begins a landmark hearing on homosexuality on Tuesday, gay men and women and human rights activists hope they are finally on the last leg of a year legal battle to decriminalise gay sex. The court will begin hearing numerous petitions arguing that gay sex between consenting adults must be made legal. But this hearing will be different from earlier ones. For the first time, a few well-known gay individuals, a hotelier, a famous chef, and a classical dancer, are slated to give personal accounts of how the law has ruined their lives, thrust shame on them, and directly affected their chances of happiness.
It termed the judgment constitutionally impermissible. The apex court was hearing a clutch of petitions challenging criminalisation of homosexuality. Amnesty International India on Thursday said the landmark verdict by SC in favour of the gay community has given hope to everyone fighting for justice and equality. The apex court today unanimously decriminalised part of the year-old colonial law under Section of the IPC which criminalises consensual unnatural sex, saying it violated the rights to equality.