Menaka Guruswamy and Arundhati Katju made history together as they fought their way to legalize section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, a colonial-era law against homosexuality. And now they are celebrating their feat as they came out publicly for the first time.
In an interview, Menaka Gurswamy and Arundhati Katju opened up that they are indeed a couple. Further, the attorneys were asked if the case was much more personal to them as the two were not just partners in court but also a couple to which they claimed section 377 victory was not just a professional triumph but also personal. Gurswamy was quoted saying, “That’s right. The loss in 2013 was a loss as lawyers, a loss as citizens. It was a personal loss”.
Guruswamy and Katju had also argued the case in court in 2013 when the Supreme Court upheld the criminalization of Section 377 after it was decriminalised in 2009 by Delhi High Court. Guruswamy and Katju earned international acclaim after the historic SC judgement in 2018 after they convinced the apex court that had rejected their pleas in 2013 to repeal the colonial-era law. The duo was even named by TIME magazine in their list of 100 most influential people of 2019.
The two lawyers are not the first ones to come out about their orientation this year. Recently, Indian sprinter and current national champion in the women’s 100 metres event, Dutee Chand, also came to the world as gay, becoming India’s first openly queer female athlete.