Two women who fought against LGBT laws in India just came out as a couple

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07/22/2019

Menaka Guruswamy and Arundhati Katju successfully challenged Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which punishes LGBTQ+ relations. The Supreme Court lawyers opposed the draconian laws which were introduced during the British rule of India. The law criminalised homosexual acts as an ‘unnatural offence’ and has been heavily contested in the last few decades. They worked together on the landmark case in 2018 when the Supreme Court of India ruled that Section 377 no longer applies to consensual gay sex between adults. Speaking on a TV show hosted by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, the lawyers spoke about their work to scrap the rule and it bought them closer together. On the show, Menaka argued against the archaic laws, saying they should have never been added in during colonial times. She said: ‘For queer folks in all these post-colonial countries, our governments have to have a sense that these are not our laws, these were never our cultures.

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