Lawyers Menaka Guruswamy & Arundhati Katju, the face of historic Section 377 verdict, reveal they're a couple
SC decriminalising homosexuality in 2018 was not only a professional achievement, but also a personal win for the duo.
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In an interview with Fareed Zakaria of CNN, the duo opened up about being in a relationship with each other. They further expressed that the 2018 win was not only a professional achievement, but also a personal win.
Amazing couple! I loved this conversation. https://t.co/Y52xp2JqTb— Fareed Zakaria (@FareedZakaria) 1563314073000
The 36-year-old lawyer took part in the #SareeTwitter challenge, and posted a picture with her partner. She wrote, "Most court days you'll find me in a sari! Something about the 6 yards makes me sit up a little straighter, collect my thoughts and energy for arguments."
Most court days you'll find me in a sari! Something about the 6 yards makes me sit up a little straighter, collect… https://t.co/mR0CuaWKZR— arundhatikatju (@arundhatikatju) 1563457986000
Before the 2018 landmark win, the apex court had upheld criminalisation of Section 377 in 2013, which was decriminalised by Delhi High Court in 2009. During the 2013 verdict, the judge had asked if the law officer knew any homosexual people. To which, the law officer laughed and said, 'I am not that modern', Guruswamy narrated.
Calling it a deeply personal loss, the 44-year-old advocate said, "It is not nice to be declared as a criminal and then return to the court to argue other cases". Adding to the 2013 loss, Katju said that the court (where they practised as lawyers) told them that gay people were second-class citizens.
Guruswamy and Katju realised that the judge had no imagination of what a gay Indian is. That day, the two decided that they would never let the LGBT Indians be invisible again.
No matter what #India’s Supreme Court decides today, there are many many people we have to be thankful to for bring… https://t.co/KOrhBbjIoH— Jayshree Bajoria (@jayshreebajoria) 1536209276000
The couple made it to the Time 100 Most Influential People list of 2019.