On September 6th, the Indian Supreme Court struck down the draconian Victorian era law that criminalized homosexuality.
However, it was not same in the year 2013. The Koushal judgement in 2013 upheld section 377 allowing it to be used to punish even if its consensual same-sex acts.
Emphasising on the 2013 verdict during a debate, Menaka Guruswamy stated, “The loss in 2013 was a loss as lawyers, a loss as citizens. It was a personal loss. It is not nice to be a ‘criminal’ who has to go back to court as a lawyer to argue other cases.”
After the video, the couple took it to Twitter to enjoy the #sareetwitter moment.
Most court days you’ll find me in a sari! Something about the 6 yards makes me sit up a little straighter, collect my thoughts and energy for arguments… #SareeTwitter pic.twitter.com/U9HDEyT70C
— arundhatikatju (@arundhatikatju) July 18, 2019
It was a remarkable judgement by the Supreme court when they decriminalised a 157-year-old British Law. “First step towards vanquishing enemies of prejudice and injustice has to be taken”, read the judgment. We must get rid of prejudice and discrimination. Concept of Constitutional morality creates responsibility of State to protect. Fidelity to constitutional morality must not be confused with popular sentiment.”