World (LNW): India’s Supreme Court in a landmark ruling has affirmed the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community, but stopped short of granting legal recognition to same-sex unions, CNN reported.
This decision is seen as a partial triumph for LGBTQIA+ advocates in India who have been pushing for equal rights in the nation.
On Tuesday (17), a panel of five judges, headed by the Chief Justice of India, announced the awaited judgement, with the event being broadcast live by the Supreme Court amid gathering crowds.
Several LGBTQIA+ activists had petitioned against the existing law that prohibits them from entering into legal marriages.
This judgement marks a pivotal moment in the ongoing quest for LGBTQIA+ rights in a society where being homosexual is often stigmatised. India decriminalised same-sex sexual relationships in October 2018.