Lawyers Menaka Guruswamy and Arundhati Katju behind section 377 come out as couple
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Lawyers Menaka Guruswamy and Arundhati Katju behind section 377 come out as couple

Section 377 was decriminalized on September 6, 2018, and India became a more equal country. The five-judge panel which included Menaka Guruswamy and Arundhati Katju struck down the colonial era-sodomy laws in section 377 of IPC.

The two advocates who represented the five original petitioners in the court and had fought the case have come out after almost a year and revealed to the International media that they are a couple.

In an interview with CNN, they had admitted that they are indeed a couple and the victory was not just a professional win but also personal.

When they are asked about the case is personal to them as they were two not just partners in court but a couple, to which they both agreed

“That’s right. The loss in 2013 was a loss as lawyers, a loss as citizens. It was a personal loss,” said Guruswamy.

“We had a court where we practiced as lawyers … and this court had just told us that gay people were second class citizens”, said Katju, who added that it was very difficult.

“For queer folk in all post-colonial countries, the governments have to understand that these (anti-sodomy) were not our laws,” Guruswamy said.

The duo was even named by TIME magazine in their list of 100 most influential people of 2019.

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