Gay sex no longer a crime, says India’s Supreme Court

In a landmark decision India’s Supreme Court has ruled that gay sex is no longer illegal.

This overturns Section 377 which in 2013 upheld the law that gay sex was an “unnatural offence”.

The ruling was passed unanimously by the five judges, one of whom said history owed an apology to all LGBT+ people who had been prosecuted under the previous law, which was punishable by up to ten years’ imprisonment.

Chief Justice Dipak Misra said, “Criminalising carnal intercourse is irrational, arbitrary and manifestly unconstitutional.”

There was cheering outside the court in Delhi when Mr Misra said that LGBT+ people must have the same rights as any other Indian citizen.

On Twitter, Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director for Human Rights Watch, said, “Thanks to all that fought for this, braving the worst sort of prejudice. This is a good day for human rights.”