Manabi, Sandy Welcomes Landmark Verdict On Homosexuality

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Kolkata: The LGBT community is overwhelmed and happy with the landmark judgement by the Supreme Court on Thursday which partially ruled out Section 377 which banned
consensual gay sex in India.

The Supreme Court overruled its own 2013 decision and said that homosexuality is
not a crime in India anymore. The five Supreme Court judges said that homosexuality
is also not a mental disorder.

On this spectacular leap for gay rights in India and a rainbow moment in its
history, Manabi Banerjee, the professor and first transgender person in India,
welcomed the move and said to Kolkata24x7, “Once more the country got freedom from
the Britons. To be able to come out of a law which follows the British is
commendable.”

She is the first transgender person in India who has completed Doctor of Philosophy
(PhD). She is also the country’s first openly transgender college principal. She
was Somnath Banerjee before becoming Manabi.

Sandy Saha, an internet sensation and also a homosexual, said, “I am happy with the
verdict. Good happens when you do good for people. The verdict proves it.”

On questioning Sandy that will the mentality of the common people change after the
verdict, he said, “The court had said in 2009 that homosexuality is not an offence.
But that could not bring a change in the mindset of the people. Many still believe
that homosexuality is a disease. Sexual education must be given in every school to
change such a mindset.”

Banning the British-era law, the judges said that the ban is irrational,
indefensible and manifestly arbitraty. Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said,
“Take me as I am”, toasting gay pride.

Reporting By: Shekhar Dubey
Edited By: Saheli Dey

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