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Yesterday was a historic day for every Indian. Finally, the Supreme Court scrapped Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. For so many years the LGBTQIA+ community has been fighting for their rights and for an equal status in the society. Firstly I couldn’t ever understand why we were against love? Why were we imposing our thoughts of not loving a person from same-sex on a group of individuals? Why were we so against the idea of people being gay, lesbians or transgenders? But finally justice was served to them and Supreme Court shut down all those mouths who talked against the LGBT community.

For so many years this community was mistreated, treated differently. They were told that they are suffering some sort of mental disorder because our society thinks that it is against the law of nature to love someone of the same gender. Yesterday these myths hopefully came to an end and this community finally found their voice.

But still, not everyone is clear about the LGBT community. So here are some facts:
- The whole country is talking about section 377 of the Indian Penal Code but to clarify, here is what it reads: “Whoever voluntarily has carnal inter¬course against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with impris¬onment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.”

- Section 377 was tracked down from the form The Buggery Act of 1533 which was drafted in India during the reign of King Henry VIII. This draft stated that “Buggery” is an unnatural sexual act which is done “against the laws of nature”.

- Section 377 was inspired by The Personal Act, 1861 where in all the unnatural sexual activities were considered for prosecution like rapists and homosexuals were part of this.

- Same-sex marriage was legalised by the British government a few years back but the irony is that it took so many years of fights and revolts to get it scrapped down in India.

We are really thrilled by the Supreme Court’s decisions that came out yesterday. Finally, the LGBT community won their fight for equal rights and the fight to love anyone they want. "LGBT Community has same rights as of any ordinary citizen. Respect for individual choice is the essence of liberty; the LGBT community possesses equal rights under the constitution. Criminalising gay sex is irrational and indefensible," said Chief Justice Dipak Misra, who was one of the five judges in the case.

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Author: Anjali Semwal
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