This afternoon, the Supreme Court of India delivered a landmark judgment that overturned a colonial era law that made homosexuality a crime. The ruling was delivered by a five-judge bench headed by India's outgoing Chief Justice Dipak Misra and was unanimous. When reading out the operative portion of the historic verdict, Chief Justice Dipak Misra said: “Any discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation violates fundamental rights”. “Social morality cannot be used to violate the fundamental rights of even a single individual [...]Constitutional morality cannot be martyred at the altar of social morality,” he added. India now joins 17 commonwealth nations  that have overturned laws criminalizing homosexuality, a legacy stemming from British Colonial Rule.

Hindustan Times

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