Section 377 of the Indian penal code, enacted by British rulers in 1861, banned “carnal intercourse against the order of nature”.
“The law had become a weapon for harassment for the LGBT community,” Chief Justice Dipak Misra said as he announced the landmark verdict.
Activists had been fighting the ban since the 1990s, with their efforts suffering several court reverses before Thursday’s verdict which sparked celebrations among lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender groups across the vast South Asian nation.
Members of the LGBT community hugged each other and cried as news of the verdict spread.
“I am speechless! It’s taken a long time to come but finally I can say I am free and I have equal rights as others,” said Rama Vij, a college student who wore a rainbow scarf.
According to official data, 2,187 cases under Section 377 were registered in 2016 under the category of “unnatural offences”.
COVID-19: Air Peace Delivers Medical Supplies From Turkey
The Federal Government at the weekend took delivery of the first batch of medical supplies intended to fight the spread of COVID-19 and treatment for infected persons.
The supplies were flown in by an Air Peace Boeing 777 aircraft which landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport , Abuja from Istanbul, the Turkish capital on Saturday night.
Immigration sources hinted that the aircraft with registration number 5N-BWI flew out of Nigeria early Saturday on a seven- hour flight to lift the medical supplies and made it back before midnight.
The source also disclosed that this was the first batch of the medical supplies from the federal government, noting that the airline would leave for China on Monday for another batch of medical supplies for government.
“Air Peace will also deliver another supplies for the federal government. It will leave for Beijing on Monday for 15- hour non-stop flight to China with its B777-ER with registration number 5N-BE,” the source said.
Chief Operating Officer of Air Peace, Mrs. Toyin Olajide, gave kudos to government on its efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic, noting that government was ahead of some countries in the fight against the pandemic.
She said: “The management of Air Peace commends the federal government for being proactive in the preparation for emergencies, preventing the spread of the virus and also providing the kits and other medical equipment for the treatment of those infected by the pandemic.
“This shows that government is ready to fight this disease and it is even more prepared than the governments of some of the advanced nations in the measures and strategies adopted to eradicate the virus.”
BREAKING: WHO Suspends Polio Vaccination To Fight COVID-19
The Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has announced the body’s decision to suspend house to house polio vaccination to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission.
Ghebreyesus disclosed this on Friday during a media briefing on coivid-19.
According to him, “To reduce the risk of increasing transmission of COVID19, the polio oversight board has made the hard decision to suspend house-to-house vaccination campaigns, knowing that this may lead to an increase in polio cases.”
He said that the Global Polio Eradication Initiative was “working to ensure that once it is safe to do so, countries can be supported to rapidly restart polio vaccination campaigns.”
The WHO DG explained that despite the effect of the coronavirus, the “EndPolio is unshakeable”
He however said that the coronavirus pandemic was a more deadly enemy, adding that WHO would support countries in the fight against other diseases.
“To reduce this risk, we will support countries to maintain essential immunization for all vaccine preventable diseases.
‘WHO has published guidance for countries on how to maintain essential health services even while responding to this crisis,” he said.
JUST IN: Abba Kyari Is Not Dead — Fani-Kayode
Femi Fani-Kayode, former Aviation Minister, says online reports that the Chief of Staff to President Buhari, Abba Kyari, has died is not true.
Social media was agog on Thursday April 2nd with the news that Kyari who is currently being treated for Coronvirus, had passed on.
FFK says the story is untrue and blasted those peddling it. Taking to his Twitter handle to react, he wrote
It is not true that Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to @MBuhari, is dead. Those that are behind that rumour are vicious and heartless. I remain opposed to the @MBuhari admin. but to wish or proclaim someone dead simply because you disagree with him politically is unacceptable.
- Entertainment7 days ago
COVID-19: Give Every Nigerian At Least ₦50,000 — Yul Edochie Tells Buhari
- Gist7 days ago
We Need Men More Than They Need Us — Lady Writes
- Inside Nigeria6 days ago
BREAKING: Nigeria Records Second Coronavirus Death
- Metro7 days ago
Nigerian Student In US Dies Of Coronavirus Few Weeks Before Graduation
- Metro5 days ago
COVID-19: Witches Association Warns Members To Suspend All Meetings
- News6 days ago
COVID-19: Buhari’s Nationwide Broadcast Was Done In A Hotel In Cuba — Nnamdi Kanu Alleges
- Entertainment6 days ago
Zubby Michael Blasts Yul Edochie For Asking FG To Pay Nigerians N50k; Calls Him Stingy And Wicked
- Metro5 days ago
Imo Businessman Dies In Abuja After Returning From S. Africa, State Govt Seals His Hotel, Quarantines Guests, Family Members