How’s life after Section 377?
In 2018, many nations made landmark decisions to change discriminatory laws and bills. The same year, the Supreme Court struck down Section 377, which criminalized same-sex relations. This was a long struggle of rights, The ruling revised its earlier decisions, reading down Section 377 to exclude sexual intercourse between consenting adults. The chief justice observed how its existence perpetuated discrimination, led to stigmatization, criminalized transgender persons, and denied them dignity, personhood, and basic human rights. Justice Chandrachud noted that “[g]ays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders have been relegated to the anguish of closeted identities”. The law was flawed because it disproportionately impacted the community, and the criminalization was based on stereotypes of socially determined gender roles. This ruling is not a complete removal, but it is still a landmark one.