Section 377 Verdict Announced: Here are Top 10 Quotes from the Verdict

Team SoOLEGAL 6 Sep 2018 3:30pm

Section 377 Verdict Announced: Here are Top 10 Quotes from the Verdict

In a big win for the LGBTQ community, the Supreme Court today decriminalised Section 377. A five judge constitution bench, headed by CJI Dipak Misra, gave the verdict, thus bringing down an end to the 158-year-old colonial law that criminalised what it called “unnatural sex between two consenting homosexual adults.

Soon after the SC scrapped the archaic law, a wave of celebration erupted across the country.

Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra while delivering the verdict read out a quote by renowned German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche “I am what I am. So take me as I am.”

Here are a few other top quotes from the Section 377 verdict:

  1. “Freedom of living is a facet of life. Sustenance of identity is a filament. One defines oneself. No one can escape who they are.”
  2. “Respect for the individual choice essence of liberty; LGBT community possess equal rights under the Constitution.”
  3. “Primary objective of having a Constitutional society is to transform the society progressively; Constitutional provisions should not be interpreted in literal sense.”
  4. “Sexual orientation of an individual is natural and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a violation of Freedom of Expression.”
  5. “Homosexuality is not a mental disorder.”
  6. “Gays, Lesbians, Bi-sexual and Transgenders have equal rights as other citizens.”
  7. “This case is much more than just decriminalising a provision. It is about an aspiration to realise Constitutional rights and equal existence of LGBT community as other citizens.”
  8. “To deny LGBT community of their right to sexual orientation is a denial of their citizenship and a violation of their privacy. They cannot be pushed into obscurity by an oppressive colonial legislation.”
  9. “History owes an apology to LGBT persons for ostracisation, discrimination.”
  10. “De-criminalisation is but the first step; The Constitution envisages much more.”

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