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.