In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court ended Section 377, a controversial British-era law that criminalises gay sex in India. The Supreme Court reversed its own 2013 decision and while reading out the verdict, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said, "LGBT community possesses rights like others. Majoritarian views and popular morality cannot dictate constitutional rights." With this verdict, India entered the list of countries where homosexuality is legal.
The LGBT rights have made considerable progress in some parts of the world and now India has joined the list. United Kingdom decriminalized gay sex in 1967 and the United States allowed same-sex marriage in 2015.
Here's the list of countries where homosexuality is not a crime.
- United States
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
- South Africa
Countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Mauritania, Qatar and Pakistan criminalise homosexuality.
The LGBT community in India has been fighting for their rights since decades and the Supreme Court verdict comes as a big relief for them.
Section 377 denied freedom and rights to LGBT community, Justice Indu Malhotra, who was part of the bench, said, adding, "History owes the LGBT community an apology for their sufferings."