The Indian Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday in a landmark judgement legalised consensual sexual relations between adults of the same gender, partially striking down a British-era law that criminalised homosexuality.
A five-judge Constitution bench of the SC delivered its unanimous verdict in four separate opinions, reported India Today.
On Twitter, the decision was celebrated by the LGBTQ community:
The full bench of the SC has partially struck down Section 377 ("unnatural offences") as violative of the right to equality; while homosexuality has been decriminalised, other aspects of the law that deal with sex acts with animals and children remain in force and such acts will remain a penal offence.
Bollywood celebs also welcomed the ruling with joy: