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  • 6 Sep 2018, The Herald

Historical decriminalization of homosexuality in India

The LGBT community in India celebrated this Thursday, with joy and emotion, the decriminalization of homosexuality by the supreme court of this nation, the second most populated on the planet, which is a historic step towards equality of the rights of its citizens.

Throughout this South Asian country of 1,250 million people, groups dressed in rainbow colors burst into tears and embraced after reading the opinion of the highest judicial body of the country.

At the Lalit Hotel in New Delhi, a luxury establishment owned by a well-known gay activist, employees celebrated the news in a room performing a choreography of the song "Scream & Shout" by will.i.am, an AFP journalist found.

In a unanimous decision, the five Thursdays of the Supreme Court considered an old article that condemns sexual relations between people of the same sex unconstitutional.

This provision "had become a weapon of harassment against the LGBT community," said the president of the Supreme Court, Dipak Misra.

According to the Indian penal code, dating from the British colonial era, homosexuality could be punished with life imprisonment. But, in fact, convictions for same-sex relationships were very rare.

About The LaLiT Hotels

The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group, an enterprise of Bharat Hotels Limited is India’s largest and the fastest growing privately owned Hotel Company. The company offers Seventeen luxury hotels, with 3600 rooms in the five-star deluxe segment with eleven operational hotels and six under development/restoration (including three overseas). The operational hotels include The Lalit New Delhi, The Lalit Mumbai, The Lalit Grand Palace Srinagar, The Lalit Golf & Spa Resort Goa, The Lalit Ashok Bangalore, The Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace Udaipur, The Lalit Temple View Khajuraho, The Lalit Resort & Spa Bekal (Kerala), The Lalit Jaipur, The Lalit Chandigarh & The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata. The Group has also forayed into mid-segment hotels under the brand – ‘The Lalit Traveller’. The first two hotels under this brand opened in Jaipur and Khajuraho with 25 more hotels planned in the next five years.

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