Section 377 Quashed; Twitter Goes Berserk; 4 Quotes By SC You Should Know!

In a landmark decision, Supreme Court has decriminalised homosexuality in India.

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Section 377 quashed by Supreme Court
Section 377 quashed by Supreme Court

Starting September 6th, 2018 love has a new definition in India.

In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court has quashed Section 377, which means that homosexuality is not a crime anymore.

Individuality and the freedom of expression and choice have been respected, as the 5-Judge Goethe: “I am what I am, so take me as I am.”

Social Media, including Twitter, exploded with excitement and joy, as thousands of tweets on #Section377 and the Supreme Court verdict were shared by the users.

Some observers are stating this as a victory of the Indian Constitution, as it upheld the rights of every Indian citizen – No matter whatever sexual preferences he or she has.

Here are top 5 quotes which were shared by the Supreme Court bench while announcing the verdict:

“Denial of self-expression is like death”

The Judgement is crucial, because it quoted the Constitution, to save the Constitution. Freedom of Expression is a basic Fundamental Right under Articles 67,45,87,92. However, Section 377 violated them. By quoting “Denial of self-expression is like death”, the Judges make it clear that no Indian shall be denied his Right to Express himself/herself.

“Majoritarian views and popular morality cannot dictate constitutional rights. We have to vanquish prejudice, embrace inclusion and ensure equal rights.”

The 5-Judge Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and comprising Justices Rohinton Fali Nariman, A.M. Khanwilkar, D.Y. Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra made it clear that if a majority accepts a false notion, it doesn’t automatically translate into a truth. For over a century, Section 377 prohibited and criminalized ‘unnatural sex between two consenting adults’, which now stands quashed.

“Homosexuality cannot be regarded as mental disorder” and “homosexuals have the right to live with dignity”

In 2013, a famous case of Suresh Kumar Koushal vs. Naz Foundation happened, wherein Supreme Court had declared homosexuality as a crime, thereby overturning a previous Delhi High Court decision saying that homosexuality cannot be a crime.

While delivering this verdict yesterday, the 5-Judge Bench quashed the earlier order of Supreme Court, saying that “Suresh Kumar Koushal was no longer good law in view of the NALSA and Puttaswamy judgments.”

“History owes an apology to those who have been persecuted and socially ostracised because of Section 377.”

Finally, the Bench issued an apology to the LGBT community, due to the injustices imposed on them to an outdated anarchic view.

The Bench said, “Let us move from darkness to light, from bigotry to tolerance and from the winter of mere survival to the spring of life ? as the herald of a New India ? to a more inclusive society”

Here is the full verdict by the Supreme Court on this case.

Twitter Reacts On The Verdict

Here are some of the best Tweets after verdict:

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