India is the new entrant in the group of 26 countries that have legalised gay sex, paving a normal way of life for the LGBTQ community.
The Supreme Court on Thursday decriminalised the colonial-era law under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), lifting the ban on homosexuality.
The homosexuality law, commonly known as "Section 377", prohibited "carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal" - which is widely interpreted to refer to homosexual sex.
Gay sex is considered taboo by many in socially conservative India, and was punishable by up to 10 years in jail in India.
Take a look at the countries that legalised homosexuality. The Netherlands was the first country to legalise it in 2001.
First Published: IST