As the Supreme Court on Thursday passed a landmark judgment on Section 377 by decriminalizing homosexuality, the Bollywood fraternity hailed the decision.
From filmmakers, Karan Johar and Hansal Mehta to actors Aamir Khan, Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham, several celebrities took to the social media to express their joy over the judgment.
Karan, who in his book "An Unsuitable Boy", said he didn't feel the need to scream out his sexual orientation "because I live in a country where I could possibly be jailed for saying this", called the apex court's judgment "historical".
"So proud today. Decriminalising homosexuality and abolishing Section 377 is a huge thumbs-up for humanity and equal rights. The country gets its oxygen back," tweeted Karan, one of India's most popular filmmakers.
Abhishek and John, who posed as homosexuals in the movie "DOSTANA", are also happy for the LGBTQ community.
"Well done India," Abhishek tweeted, while John wrote: "Stand tall in honor with pride. LGBTQ."
Filmmaker Hansal Mehta, whose film "ALIGARH" made a crucial statement on a gay professor, wrote: "The verdict is clear. Two consenting adults irrespective of sex, religion, cast, and gender cannot be rendered criminals by the law. We as a society need to understand this before bringing bestiality, pedophiles etc as a counter to today's landmark judgment."
He also congratulated "ALIGARH" writer Apurva Asrani "on being an important voice in this fight to gain justice for a community that has long been marginalized by law and society".
"His stand is vindicated. 'ALIGARH' stands vindicated by the courts. The ball is in our court now," Mehta added.
Asrani wrote: "At the stroke of the mid-day hour, as the conscience of many slept, India's LGBTQ awoke to light and freedom. This moment came 71 years too late history, 71 yrs after our brethren attained freedom; but the soul of a community, long suppressed, has found utterance. Congratulations!"
Actress Swara Bhaskar, known for fearlessly expressing her mind on socio-political issues, wrote: "Good on you Honourable Supreme Court and thank you. I hope the citizens of India are listening. 'Majoritarian views and popular morality cannot dictate constitutional rights. We have to vanquish prejudice, embrace inclusion and ensure equal rights.'"
Here's what other stars tweeted:
Aamir Khan: We thank the Supreme Court for its decision to strike down article 377. It is a historic day for people who believe in equal rights for all. The judiciary has done its duty, and now we must do ours.
The verdict is clear. Two consenting adults irrespective of sex, religion, cast and gender cannot be rendered criminals by the law. We as a society need to understand this before bringing bestiality, paedophiles etc as a counter to today’s landmark judgement. #Sec377Verdict— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) September 6, 2018
We won! Thank you SC! ???? ????????#377IsHistory #pride— Konkona Sensharma (@konkonas) September 6, 2018
“Section 377 is arbitrary. The LGBT community possesses rights like others. Majoritarian views and popular morality cannot dictate constitutional rights. We have to vanquish prejudice, embrace inclusion and ensure equal rights.”
“If you have a heart you should be free to love who you want.” ??????????So Happy to hear that the Supreme Court of India ???????? has abolished #section377 decriminalising Homosexuality ???? #equality #lgbtrights #nodiscrimination #ting pic.twitter.com/47yEBdkul7— Preity G Zinta (@realpreityzinta) September 6, 2018
RIP #Section377— Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) September 6, 2018
The new sunshine of this day is that of a progressive India. Love all!
RIP #Section377. Happy birthday 2018 !! Equal love. Equal lives. Proud Indian today. ??????????????— Nimrat Kaur (@NimratOfficial) September 6, 2018
This is the india I want to live in. Not one filled with hate, bigotry,sexism homophobia and intolerance. THIS is the India I love. ???????? ????— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) September 6, 2018
Sanity prevails for once we can believe we have some sensible decision makers and lawmaker s available to this generation. #Section377 gone with the wind.— Arjun Kapoor (@arjunk26) September 6, 2018
We thank the Supreme Court for its decision to strike down article 377. It is a historic day for people who believe in equal rights for all. The judiciary has done it’s duty, and now we must do ours. https://t.co/zzxc4kfNxS— Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) September 6, 2018
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