In the end, it happened amazingly fast. After the 18 years it has taken so far to fight the Section 377 case, for decriminalization of consensual same-sex relations, the lawyers and activists involved had thought that the hearings before the constitutional bench of the Supreme Court would take a few weeks. It was almost entirely done in three days, with a final 90-minute session allocated for Tuesday. Earlier this year a court in Trinidad & Tobago cited a previous Indian Supreme Court privacy ruling in decriminalizing homosexual conduct. As Arvind Datar, one of the senior counsels, noted, earlier this year in a case in that country brought by LGBT activist Jason Jones, Justice Devindra Rampersad had struck down laws criminalizing consensual same-sex relations, in a decision that cited India’s privacy ruling. And if another country can use our own laws for this purpose, how can we, at the least, not do the same?
July 15 / Economic Times