Indians rejoiced as the Supreme Court struck down the Section 377 of the IPC last year in September. An interesting aspect to the case has come up recently regarding the five-judge panel who fought the case. Turns out the victory of striking down the colonial-era laws which criminalised homosexuality was also a personal victory for two judges in forefront Menaka Guruswamy and Arundhati Katju. Both these advocates who fought the sodomy laws in Section 377 have come out as a couple. In an interview with CNN they mentioned how this was a personal win for the partners beyond the court premises. Article 377 Partially Struck Down by the Supreme Court of India, Twitter Is Happy and Gay.
Menaka Guruswamy and Arundhati Katju admitted to being a couple when journalist Fareed Zakaria asked if the decision was more personal to them. The two chuckled and agreed they indeed are a couple. Guruswamy said, "That's right. The loss in 2013 was a loss as lawyers, a loss as citizens. It was a personal loss." She further added, "It is not nice to be a 'criminal' who has to go back to court as a lawyer to argue other cases." Section 377 Verdict: It Took 16 Years Of This 29-Year-Old's Life To Breathe Equally As Gay Indian Citizen.
Check the Video of The Interview:
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— Saurabh Vashist (@saurabhvashist_) July 18, 2019
Both the lawyers fought for the case in 2013 and mentioned it was a difficult time when the Supreme Court upheld the criminalization of Section 377 that year. "We had a court where we practiced as lawyers ... and this court had just told us that gay people were second class citizens" Soon after the news broke, the internet was delighted to hear their story. Katju also shared a photo of her with Guruswamy in court and took part in the viral trend of #SareeTwitter.
Check Arundhati Katju and Menaka Guruswamy's Picture:
— arundhatikatju (@arundhatikatju) July 18, 2019
People showered them with much love and blessings on social media, some of them calling them a power couple. Check how people on Twitter reacted.
More power to you!
More Power for coming out !!!
— Sabharish (@sun_strikes) July 19, 2019
You guys look so adorable!!!! More power to you both!!! 💕💓💕💞♥️
— Queer Girl 🌈 (@QueerGrlKahanis) July 18, 2019
Blessings pouring in
Wish you both a very very happy life together. So many people got justice through your dedication. Feeling proud to be an indian right now ☺
— poushali (@pntata_3) July 20, 2019
Lovely couple. God bless and protect you with happiness amen
— Dinesh (@Dinesh01139222) July 19, 2019
The internet is loving their story and appreciates that they stood not just for themselves but what is right. They are setting a very good example of Love is love and conquers all!