Homosexuality is illegal: Indian celebrities' reactions on SC verdict

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Bangalore, Dec 11: The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday, Dec 11 delivered a crucial verdict in connection with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT). Dismissing Delhi High Court's previous judgement of decriminalising homosexuality, the apex court said that gay sex is a criminal offence in India.

The bench said that Parliament is authorised to delete section 377 of IPC but till the time this penal provision is there, the court cannot legalise this kind of sexual relationship. Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code is a piece of legislation in India introduced during British rule of India that criminalises sexual activity "against the order of nature." The section was read down to decriminalise same-sex behaviour among consenting adults in a historic judgement by the High Court of Delhi on 2 July 2009. [Wikipedia]

Gay rights activists said they will seek review of the apex court's verdict

After pronouncement of the judgement, gay rights activists said they will seek review of the apex court's verdict. Meanwhile, many celebrities of the country turned up to micro-blogging site Twitter and expressed their own opinions on the top court's judgement.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>ok so if playing with yourself is also illegal might as well convert every engineering college hostel in the country into jails.</p>— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) <a href="https://twitter.com/chetan_bhagat/statuses/410706770437226496">December 11, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>India celebrated Human Rights Day yesterday. Today India passed the verdict against Human Rights to have consensual sex. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23sec377&src=hash">#sec377</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23shame&src=hash">#shame</a></p>— taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) <a href="https://twitter.com/taslimanasreen/statuses/410661719610908672">December 11, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Way back in 2006 I spoke up to decriminalize <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Sec377&src=hash">#Sec377</a> along with Amartya Sen, Vikram Seth, Shyam Benegal & others | <a href="http://t.co/zQVLPV2LgI">http://t.co/zQVLPV2LgI</a></p>— Derek O'Brien (@quizderek) <a href="https://twitter.com/quizderek/statuses/410629669109497856">December 11, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>criminalizing a sexual preference other than your own is the issue. whether you like gay people or not, they can't be deemed criminals.</p>— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) <a href="https://twitter.com/chetan_bhagat/statuses/410691807333216256">December 11, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>In Dubai and feel so far away from the debate on the judgement on <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Section377&src=hash">#Section377</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23sadday&src=hash">#sadday</a></p>— Rahul Bose (@RahulBose1) <a href="https://twitter.com/RahulBose1/statuses/410670644792397824">December 11, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Supreme Mis-judgement <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Section377&src=hash">#Section377</a></p>— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) <a href="https://twitter.com/Riteishd/statuses/410673898443661312">December 11, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>People can take what ever stand their religious/moral beliefs dictate regarding <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23LGBT&src=hash">#LGBT</a> lifestyle choices but is terming it illegal not wrong?</p>— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) <a href="https://twitter.com/abdullah_omar/statuses/410710128116375552">December 11, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>What a shocker from SC on <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Sec377&src=hash">#Sec377</a>. A visionary judgement of Delhi HC set aside. Criminalising <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23LGBT&src=hash">#LGBT</a> deprives Indian citizens of liberty!</p>— Sagarika Ghose (@sagarikaghose) <a href="https://twitter.com/sagarikaghose/statuses/410648261997764608">December 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Naz India joins a shameful list of cases where SC has removed rights given by a lower court... This decision will ruin many lives..</p>— Celina Jaitly (@CelinaJaitly) <a href="https://twitter.com/CelinaJaitly/statuses/410696821728497664">December 11, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

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