Last year, India painted itself in rainbow colours as we celebrated the decriminalisation of Section 377. However, this journey was anything but easy! Lawyers and activists fought long and hard and the two women who spearheaded this legal challenge were Supreme Court lawyers, Menaka Gurswamy and Arundhati Katju.
In a recent interview with CNN, the duo came out as a couple and opened up about their personal struggles and expressed how this victory was not just a professional triumph but a personal one too. Menaka admitted that “The loss in 2013 was a loss as lawyers, a loss as citizens. It was a personal loss. It is not nice to be a ‘criminal’ who has to go back to court as a lawyer to argue other cases”. Take a look at the following video for their further interaction.
@MenakaGuruswamy @arundhatikatju Just posting a thread of this fascinating discussion on a judgement that continues to have profound relevance for the jurisprudence in the Global South and how this case was argued in the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/DG52vdpYFo— Saurabh Vashist (@saurabhvashist_) July 18, 2019
Menaka Guruswamy is a Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of India and holds a BA LLB (Hons.) degree from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. She was also awarded a Rhodes scholarship at the University of Oxford where she obtained her Doctorate of Philosophy in Law (D.Phil.).
Arundhati Katju, an Advocate at the Supreme Court also holds a BA LLB (Hons.) degree from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore along with a Master’s degree from Columbia Law School where she was a Human Rights Fellow, James Kent Scholar and a Public Interest Honoree. She has also taught white-collar crime law at the National Law University, Delhi.
Guruswamy and Katju received global recognition for their fight against the criminalisation of homosexuality and made it to the list of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2019. Actress Priyanka Chopra praised the lawyers saying, “Arundhati and Menaka have helped take the giant step for LGBTQ+ rights in the world’s largest democracy. In their committed fight for justice, they have shown us that we as a society must continue to make progress, even after laws are changed, and that we must make an effort to understand, accept and love.”
More power to you, ladies! Thanks for letting us all believe that #LoveIsLove indeed.
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