Social media explodes as Supreme Court hears Section 377
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In its hearing on Thursday, Supreme Court said that the LGBT community is forced to live in fear. The apex court also added that because of family and societal pressures, the LGBT community is "forced to marry the opposite sex and it leads to bi-sexuality and mental trauma".
The court is hearing petitions against Section 377, which says homosexuality is a crime. The petitions are being heard by a five-judge bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.
As the Supreme Court gave out its views, social media was also flooded with reactions on Section 377.
Here are some of the social media reactions:
Apologies to #LGBT Community.. if there feelings are hurt when a fellow Panelist Ansar Raza took a very extreme position of saying— Rahul Easwar (@RahulEaswar) July 10, 2018
"LGBT leave India"
I apologise.. (thou i didnt say & would never even think of it)
Hurting people like this pains me too :-(
#India is for all
In honor of the political activists who want to put pedophiles and sex workers into the #LGBT group, I suggest we have people who like to be spanked put in black community, swingers in the Hispanic community & chubby chasers in Asian community.— The Gay Trumpocrat (@PaulObrienUSA) July 12, 2018
How does that feel?
A donor-supported legal services organization called the Section 377 as an attack on the identity of the LGBT.
The tweet read, "#Section377 KVV: By tagetting conduct, section 377 actually targets identity. #LGBT persons cannot express themselves and Art. 19(1)(a) protects all rights to dress, choose partner and express their personality. Therefore section 377 violates freedom of speech".
#Section377 KVV: By tagetting conduct, section 377 actually targets identity. #LGBT persons cannot express themselves and Art. 19(1)(a) protects all rights to dress, choose partner and express their personality. Therefore section 377 violates freedom of speech.— sflc.in (@SFLCin) July 12, 2018
I SUPPORT TRANS RIGHTS— DΔX™ (@Dax_x98) July 12, 2018
I have A Lot Of #Transgender followers & one of my friends is Trans I support them unconditionally if you have a problem with that Fu*k off!!!#TheResistance #TransAlly #TransIsBeautiful #LGBT #BeYourself #NotHate pic.twitter.com/iMgAAYFUv4
Calling the attraction between the same sex as "natural feeling" a user wrote that "being a Bi or straight does not have anything to do with religion".
Bi or straight or whatever.. Getting attracted to same or different sex is my natural feel..it don't even have anything to do with religion. I don't want to feel arrested inside my four walls..#LGBT #Section377 #proudbi— Pooja Iyengar (@hithisispooja) July 10, 2018
#Section377 it's funny to see all these ignorant men being worried that gay men would be hitting on them. First of all ain't nobody is interested in your ugly ass also now you know how indian women have been feeling all this time! #SupremeCourt #lgbt #LoveisLove #Gay #HappyPride— Felis Fella (@FelisFella) July 10, 2018
In January this year, the country's top court agreed to hear a clutch of petitions which said the law had led to an atmosphere of fear and intimidation.
On Wednesday, the Centre told the Supreme Court it would leave the matter of deciding the constitutionality of Section 377 to the "wisdom of the court". The Supreme Court replied that, subject to arguments, it intended to rule that people should not be prosecuted for having gay sex.
To which the government replied that the court should stick to ruling on Section 377, but not go any further into questions of, say, marriage or property rights.