“Homosexuality Not A Mental Disorder”: Big quotes from Section 377 Verdict


New Delhi, Sep 6 :  The Supreme Court on Thursday in a landmark decision decriminalised homosexuality by declaring Section 377, the penal provision which criminalised gay sex, as “manifestly arbitrary”.
A five-judge Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra gave the the verdict on a bunch of petitions filed by five celebrity petitioners, to scrap the law. The Chief Justice, while reading out the verdict said criminalising gay sex is irrational and indefensible.

  • “Section 377 was a weapon to harass members of LGBT community, resulting in discrimination.”
  • Section 377 is arbitrary. LGBT community posses rights like others. Majoritarian views and popular morality cannot dictate constitutional rights.”
  • “No one can escape from their individualism. Society is now better for individualism. In the present case, our deliberations will be on various spectrums”
  • “Autonomy of an individual is important. He or she can not surrender it to anyone”
  • “Homosexuality is not a mental disorder”
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