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Justice Indu Malhotra said that history in her opinion owes the LGBT community an apology for discrimination and ostracism, while Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said he believes that the LGBT community is entitled to equal citizenship and equal rights under the Constitution, India Today reported.

Supreme Court will pronounce its verdict on Section 377; an arguable law came into existence at the time of colonization that criminalizes gay sex. The Centre had said that the other aspects of the penal provision dealing with minors and animals should be allowed to remain in the statute book.

"Explanation. -Penetration is sufficient to constitute the carnal intercourse necessary to the offence described in this section". It was reinstated as a criminal offence in India in 2013, punishable up to 10 years in prison, after four years of decriminalisation.

Justice Chandrachud said, "Why do politicians sometimes hand over power to judges and we see that happening in the Supreme Court everyday". Tears flowed and people hugged each other spontaneously, when the judgment flashed across their television and mobile phone screens.

CJI Misra, while reading out the judgement, said: "Any consensual sexual relationship between two consenting adults ─ homosexuals, heterosexuals or lesbians ─ can not be said to be unconstitutional", India Today reported.

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Tears flowed and people hugged each other spontaneously, when the judgement flashed across their television.

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, who's always been a supporter of gay rights, said his stand is now vindicated.

He also ruled: "Above all, all government officials, including and in particular police officials, and other officers of the Union of India and the states, be given periodic sensitisation and awareness training of the plight of such persons in the light of the observations contained in this judgment".

Section 377 "completely violates the human right to have the freedom to fall in love", he said.

Many cut cakes and unfurled rainbow flags, a symbol of gay pride, to welcome the verdict.

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The path-breaking judgement held that Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalised consensual gay sex was "irrational, indefensible and manifestly arbitrary".

"Such a view is constitutionally impermissible", stated CJI Misra, who wrote the judgment for himself and Justice Khanwilkar.

"Any discrimination on the basis of sexuality amounts to a violation of fundamental rights", he added in the ruling, which added India to a list of more than 120 countries where homosexuality is decriminalised. "This is the first battle that has been won and there are many more battles that we are going to fight", he said. The Twitter handle of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also been silent on the verdict.

While concluding the historic 493-page verdict, Chief Justice Dipak Misra, who headed the constitution bench, said it was time to move from "darkness to light" to herald a New India which would be a more inclusive society.

He claimed that Indian society "traditionally does not recognise" such relations.

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