Activists in Assam welcomed the Supreme Court verdict to decriminalize Section 377 on Thursday, with many terming it a historic day. The Supreme Court ruled that consensual adult gay sex is not a crime saying that sexual orientation is natural and people have no control on it.

Transgender activist Swati Bidhan Baruah said that the community finally got the independence which they deserved for long.

“I’m happy today. At last the patriarchal colonial rule finally got abolished. Now in full sense…we, the community actually got independent,” said Baruah.

Guwahati, along with the rest of the country, too witnessed rallies in the recent past when people came out to raise their voice against Section 377.

For many it’s a joy as from now onwards they can live peacefully.

“It’s not just the Supreme Court I’m thinking of. My heart is filled with memories of so many others to whom we owe this moment. It happened because of the supportive advocates and many others. I believed that this day will come one day and today is the day,” Lucky Neog, a transgender activist and a budding filmmaker, told The News Mill.

He also said that this judgment indicates that India is changing towards the right way.

“We all are now in joy and celebrating our day. The LGBTQA community people have the same rights like other people in the society. Section 377 has finally quit India for forever. Now, I can do my transition and live peacefully. I am feeling independent. Love always wins no matter what! I am a proud Indian now,” he adds.

People in general too have welcomed the move saying that it has re-installed the faith on the system of the country.

“Whenever I start losing confidence on India I love, something good happens to keep that confidence intact. Thank you Supreme Court for putting my country in the path of liberalism and humanity once again,” said Siddhartha Sankar Deka, a Guwahati-based sports enthusiast who co-owns Guwahati City FC.

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