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Indian supreme court decriminalises homosexuality – The Guardian

India’s supreme court has struck down a colonial-era law that effectively banned homosexual sex acts in a landmark ruling for gay rights.

The court announced the verdict in Delhi on Thursday morning, drawing cheers from a crowd of LBGTI Indians and their supporters gathered on a lawn outside the building.

“It’s in our favour,” a young woman, Smriti, shouted as she embraced three others before they were mobbed by television cameras. They had seen a text message from a journalist inside the court. “That’s when we knew they had lifted it,” she said.

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