“She kissed her, he kissed him and the world did not end” is the new shibboleth which has painted India with colors of happiness and acceptance of homosexuality. Being a homosexual was a sin that India contracted to for the people with such strait. Over the passage of time, many faces have cried and appealed for their rights. Love is unfathomable and when it comes to the issue of same-sex relationship, it is even more vibrant and purely strong. Luckily the Supreme Court of India in the landmark judgement on 6th September, 2018 decriminalized section 377. This archaic section was originally drafted by the British Administration, 158 years back in the 1860s. This section lawfully criminalized gay sex between two consenting adults. From years, there have been important persons and organisations fighting against the unlawful and morally incorrect law that have actually forwarded the existence of LGBTQIA community in India. This community heavily seeks equal rights and representation for the same-sex couples.
Remembering one of the important beats from this mega successive story and its struggling phases, it was in 2013, India’s LGBTQIA community suffered a disastrous and heart-breaking blow after the Supreme Court overturned a 2009 order passed by the Delhi high court that highlighted the requirement to legalize gay sex. Among the faces who actually contributed a lot to get up to this day with so much of love and enthusiasm are the Naz Foundation, Navtej Johar and Suneel Mehra, Menaka Guruswamy, Ritu Dalmia, Akkai Padmashali, Keshav Suri and others. The rainbow flag has been able to spread its colors vehemently by making history owing apology to the LGBTQIA community. Now, the irrational and the indefensible has been removed. The unnatural offences leading up to the punishment of 10 years in jail under the 1861 law has been abolished. The battle of freedom has been won with a huge support from the Indian mass.
India is a secular country where religion matters, caste speaks, people mention their choices and above all the values are preserved with monumental decisions from time to time. This five-benched remarkable judgement heralds a new dawn for personal liberty and the right to making choices. This verdict has undoubtedly given hope to everyone fighting for justice and equality and has closed a very dark chapter of the devastating Indian history. India is a land of love. It needs the seed of equality and acceptance to be planted in order to grow up to a beautiful place to live in. In this new beginning, all that we count on to is a brighter future and a better set of humanitarian values that will add up to glorious stories in the near future.