This Article is From Sep 06, 2018

Love, Actually: Supreme Court Ends Section 377 - 'Country Gets Oxygen Back,' Tweet Karan Johar, Aamir Khan And Others

Karan Johar was the first celebrity to welcome the Supreme Court's landmark judgement abolishing Section 377

"Historical judgement," tweeted Karan Johar (Image courtesy: karanjohar)


  • Abolishing Section 377 is a huge thumbs up for humanity and equal rights
  • Homosexuality is no longer an offence, the Supreme Court decided
  • Section 377 was challenged by five petitioners
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Karan Johar was the first celebrity to welcome the Supreme Court's landmark judgement abolishing Section 377, under which homosexuality was a criminal offence, in a tweet posted minutes after the verdict was read out by Chief Justice Dipak Misra. "Historical judgement. So proud today. Decriminalising homosexuality and abolishing #Section377 is a huge thumbs up for humanity and equal rights. The country gets its oxygen back," tweeted the 46-year-old filmmaker. His post was followed by those from Aamir Khan, Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif, Alia Bhatt, Anushka Sharma, Ranveer Singh, Sonam Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Hrithik Roshan, Twinkle Khanna, Abhishek Bachchan and others.


Aamir Khan posted a video clip of his show Satyamev Jayate, in which he discussed about 'accepting alternative sexualities,' and tweeted:






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Soha Ali Khan, currently holidaying in Maldives, shared a picture of daughter Inaaya playing and wrote, "There is light at the end of the tunnel."



There is light at the end of the tunnel!!! #freedom

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Sonam's father Anil Kapoor declared it as the "best news of the day."








More power to the Supreme Court #section377verdict #loveislove

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Richa Chadha, who told NDTV - "I'm so excited today. It's a glorious day, homosexuality has been decriminalised. So happy for my LGBTQ fam. You've worked very hard for this over the decades and this is the rainbow we needed and I'm so happy we are celebrating" - also shared a wonderful post with her friends on set.




Referencing Dostana, Kirron Kher posted this tweet, which won Abhishek Bachchan's heart.



Abhishek also shared this on Instagram.




Well done India!

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Vaani Kapoor shared a GIF:




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Rajkummar Rao, Swara Bhasker, Preity Zinta, John Abraham, Shilpa Shetty, Farhan Akhtar, Konkona Sen Sharma, Dia Mirza, Aditi Rao Hydari, Vicky Kaushal, Ayushmann Khurrana also posted about the verdict. Read the Twitter reactions here:

















In a statement, Dia Mirza added to what she said in her tweet: "Supreme Court restores my faith in our people yet again. Proud that my country believes in and upholds equality.Two consenting adults irrespective of sex, religion, cast and gender cannot be rendered criminals by the law."

"#Section377 decriminalized. Super happy for my friends and the entire LGBTQ community. Pride in my heart and pride all over the country," tweeted Aditi Rao Hydari.












This morning, a five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Misra reversed its own 2013 decision and delivered a spectacular win for India's LGBT+ community. Homosexuality is no longer an offence, the Supreme Court decided, striking down a controversial ban on gay sex that dates from the British Raj. "We have to bid adieu to prejudices and to empower all citizens," read out Chief Justice Misra from the verdict, which declared Section 377 'irrational and arbitrary.' The verdict also makes it clear that homosexuality is not a mental disorder.

Section 377, which carried a jail term of up to 10 years, was challenged by five petitioners - Bharatnatyam dancer Navtej Singh Johar, journalist Sunil Mehra, restaurateur Ritu Dalmia, Neemrana hotel chain co-founder Aman Nath and businesswoman Ayesha Kapur.

In 2013, the Supreme Court overturned a Delhi High Court order scrapping Section 377 on the grounds that the job was that of Parliament and not the courts. This year, the Supreme Court said it "cannot wait for a majoritarian government" to decide on enacting, amending or striking down a law if it violates fundamental rights.