CJI Says: "Take Me As I Am," While Reading Out Landmark 377 Verdict

CJI Says:  "Take Me As I Am,"  While Reading Out Landmark 377 Verdict

CJI Says:  "Take Me As I Am,"  While Reading Out Landmark 377 Verdict

New Delhi: A landmark judgement was delivered by the Supreme Court of India that legalized gay consensual sex, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said: "I am what I am. So take me as I am." Homosexuality is not an offence in India, five Supreme Court judges today ruled in a concurrent judgement.

The Top Court reversed it's judgement on Section 377 and called it irrational and arbitrary.

"No one can escape from their individuality," said Justice Misra, who is due to retire on October 2.

"We have to bid adieu to prejudices and to empower all citizens."

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"Section 377" banned "carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal" -- which was interpreted to refer to homosexual sex.

 As per the law made in 1861, gay sex was punishable by up to 10 years in jail.  Gay activists have said that the cops use the law to harass and intimidate members of their community, even though the prosecution under Section 377 is not common.

Five high-profile petitioners, have challenged the ban on gay sex. The petitioners have said  that they are living in fear of being punished.

Bharatnatyam dancer Navtej Singh Johar, journalist Sunil Mehra, restaurateur Ritu Dalmia, Neemrana hotel chain co-founder Aman Nath and businesswoman Ayesha Kapur are the petitioners.

The Chief Justice said: "The society is now better for individualism...Respect for individual choice is the essence of liberty; LGBT community possesses equal rights under the Constitution."

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