NYT, Washington Post, BBC Hail Landmark SC Verdict on Section 377
The world media on Thursday, 6 September, hailed the overturning of a colonial-era law in India that criminalised gay sex, saying the landmark ruling was a boost for gay rights not only in the world’s largest democracy but also across the world.
The world media on Thursday, 6 September, hailed the overturning of a colonial-era law in India that criminalised gay sex, saying the landmark ruling was a boost for gay rights not only in the world’s largest democracy but also across the world.(Photo altered by The Quint)

NYT, Washington Post, BBC Hail Landmark SC Verdict on Section 377

The world media on Thursday, 6 September, hailed the overturning of a colonial-era law in India that criminalised gay sex, saying the landmark ruling was a boost for gay rights not only in the world's largest democracy but also across the world.

The Supreme Court decriminalised part of the Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalises consensual gay sex, saying it was irrational, indefensible and manifestly arbitrary.

The apex court unanimously held that the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community possess the same constitutional rights as other citizens of the country.

The Washington Post

The Washington Post said India's top court's ruling was a landmark victory for gay rights in the world's largest democracy.

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India’s Supreme Court Decriminalises Gay Sex in Historic Ruling: Washington Post

It noted that activists have struggled for more than a decade to invalidate the section of the Indian Penal Code that prohibited consensual "carnal intercourse against the order of nature."

The leading American newspaper commented that the ruling is also a boost for gay rights around the globe.

The judgment reflects rapid social change in India, where only five years ago, the top court upheld the same law. Since then, campaigners have mobilised a movement to spread awareness about gay rights.

Economic and technological changes have spurred shifts in thinking too, it said while pointing out that conservative attitudes toward homosexuality still persist.

New York Times

The New York Times described the ruling as a "groundbreaking victory" for gay rights in India which has put to rest a legal battle that stretched for many years and burying one of the most glaring vestiges of India's colonial past.

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“India Strikes Down Colonial Era Ban on Gay Sex:” New York Times

It quoted Meenakshi Ganguly, the South Asia director for Human Rights Watch as saying that the ruling could set a precedent for nations with similar colonial-era laws to end their "discriminatory, regressive treatment" of gay and transgender citizens.

Though in recent years more and more Indians have come out, and acceptance of gay, lesbian and transgender people has grown to some degree, the fact that intimate behaviour was still criminalised created much shame and discouraged countless Indians from coming out.

CNN

The decision to repeal the law is a major victory for India's LGBT activists and supporters after years of determined struggle, CNN commented.

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Thursday’s historic ruling is the culmination of a lengthy and often fraught legal battle for equality in a country where homosexuality remains taboo.

The Guardian

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“Campaigners Celebrate as India Decriminalises Homosexuality:” The Guardian

The decision appears to mark the end of a fraught path to legalising homosexuality in modern India, The Guardian newspaper of the UK said, noting that early cases filed in 1994 and then 2001 bounced back and forth for years between higher courts reluctant to rule on the issue.

BBC

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India Court Legalises Gay Sex in Landmark Ruling: BBC

Though describing the Supreme Court's ruling as "historic", the BBC noted that "in a largely conservative India, where leaders of all religions have consistently opposed gay sex, it will still be a while before attitudes change and the community finds full acceptance."

The Independent

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“India’s Supreme Court Rules Gay Sex is No Longer a Crime:” The Independent

The Independent newspaper said the ruling will have a profound impact both in India and across the world.

The Telegraph

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“India’s Top Court Strikes Down Colonial Era Law Against Gay Sex:” The Telegraph

The Telegraph newspaper noted that sexual minorities in India have lived in fear, hiding as second class citizens and the Supreme Court's decision to decriminalise gay sex has sparked jubilation among LGBTQ and human rights groups across the country.

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