SC 2018 Verdict

The judgement

On 6 September 2018, the Supreme Court delivered its judgement in Navtej Johar & Ors. v UoI, where, in four separate but concurring judgements, the 5-member bench read down Section 377. This historic judgement not only decriminalised consensual sex between adults, but also went much further in affirming the dignity as well as rights of all LGBT people in the country.

A compilation of all four judgements
[download pdf here (2.7 MB)]

The judgement is 495 pages long, so let us have some cake before we start!


Summaries and Analyses of the judgements

  • Legal Reasoning of the Verdict by Surabhi Shukla [English]
  • Right to Love by Alternative Law Forum [English]
  • More are on their way


Press releases

LGBTQ groups

  • Community crowd-sourced press release [English pdf]
  • Coalition for Sex-workers and Sexual Minorities Rights, Bangalore [English pdf]
  • Coalition for Sex-workers and Sexual Minorities Rights, Bangalore [Kannada pdf]


Supporting groups

  • United Nations [website]
  • International Commission of Jurists [pdf]
  • Amnesty International [website]
  • Outright Action International, formerly IGLHRC [webpage]


Media coverage of judgement

We have archived different kinds of English language media articles (6-18 Sept) in separate pages. Please do let us know if we are missing anything.


Arguments in the Supreme Court

The Article 32 petitions, additional impleadments, written submissions, daily summaries, live tweets and media coverage of the Supreme Court hearings are archived separately.

[click here]

Live tweets from legal sources

We have retweeted all relevant tweets on the case from these four accounts here, which you can also see on this page.

See this animation of the global trending of #Section377 on twitter on 6 September 2018.