Members of the LGBTQ community dance to celebrate after the country’s top court struck down a colonial-era law that made homosexual acts punishable by up to 10 years in prison, in Bangalore, India, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018.
PHOTO CREDIT: AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi via AP News
While Malaysia may be cracking down on the LGBTQ community, India has taken a huge stride forward in support of gay rights. This week, the Supreme Court of India overturned a centuries-old law that had banned gay sex. The law was established during British colonial times in 1861 and was struck down in court with a unanimous decision that ruled it discriminatory against India’s gay community.
With India being a very conservative country, and one of the most populated countries in the world, it is a huge deal for LGBTQ rights. The colonial law that the British had established in India was copied around the globe. Perhaps now this momentous victory will influence other anti-gay nations to get rid of their antiquated, discriminatory laws.
“We cannot change history but can pave a way for a better future.” ~ Justice D.Y. Chandrachud via AP News