Bollywood stars Aamir Khan, Farhan Akhtar, John Abraham, Anushka Sharma express disappointment on Twitter over Supreme Court verdict on homosexuality

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 - 7:17pm IST Updated: Wednesday, 11 December 2013 - 10:08pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: PTI

Bollywood celebrites on Wednesday voiced disappointment over the Supreme Court verdict that criminalised homosexuality, calling it "violative of basic human rights".

Hollywood actress and human rights activist Mia Farrow also joined the stars in slamming the judgment, saying it was a "very dark day" for freedom and human rights in India.

"I am more disappointed with this judgement. It feels very intolerant and violative of basic human rights. It's a shame," superstar Aamir Khan said in a statement.

Actor John Abraham tweeted: "India has harboured archaic prejudices once again... The Supreme Court has criminalized homosexuality... Shame."

Filmmaker Onir, who has been vocal about gay rights, said it was a sad day for Indian democracy.

"I am angry by the SC ruling on IPC 377. Very very disappointed that the bench of the Supreme Court hold us to regressive colonial 153-year-old IPC 377. A dark day for the history of judiciary and human rights in India," Onir said.

The 'My brother Nikhil' director added: "A sad day for democracy where the SC bench denies the LGBT community its constitutional rights to equality and protection against discrimination."

Actor-director Farhan Akhtar tweeted: "The Supreme Court got it wrong today. Sec377."

Farrow criticised the judgement in a series of tweets.

"Very dark day for freedom and human rights as Indian Supreme Court rules to criminalize homosexuality. Canceled trip to India," tweeted the star of 'Rosemary's Baby' and in a sarcastic note added, "My wife and I would not feel welcome there."

"Well- when I have a wife- we won't be going to India. Cancelled trip to India. My wife and I would not feel welcome there," she added.

Director Karan Johar tweeted: "Sec377 is not just a violation of human rights but also makes democracy seem like a mirage in our country.

"For all those who think that this judgement gives them a right to talk about their self appointed machoism... GET A LIFE!!!," Johar added.

Celina Jaitly, another celebrity who has been vocal about her support to LGBT community, said the verdict was a betrayal of trust.

"377 is in contradiction of three major fundamental rights: Article 14, 15, 21. One day you are legal the next day illegal? Naz India joins a shameful list of cases where SC has removed rights given by a lower court... This decision will ruin many lives," Jaitley said.

'Rang De Basanti' star Siddharth tweeted: "We are calling our citizens criminals for doing something that is their fundamental birth right to do & is natural. Mera Bharat kahaan? Sad."

Riteish Deshmukh called it "Supreme Mis-judgement Section377."

Actor Rahul Bose: "So much for those believing the judiciary is 'the last bastion of common sense' in this country. Section377."

Actor Anupam Kher wrote: "We obviously don't believe in equal rights even in the times when we send Mangalyaan to Mars.:)"

Actor Kabir Bedi said the judgement failed to uphold democratic human rights.

"It's a sad day when the Supreme Court of India does not uphold the democratic rights of sexual minorities. The State should stay out of the bedrooms of consenting adults. SC upholding regressive law seems bigoted."

Dia Mirza: "I am ashamed. 377 there is nothing more frightening than the revelation that the guardians of democracy have turned undemocratic."

Anushka Sharma wrote: "So disappointed with the SC verdict. Freedom is such a deceptive term. Rights are an ambiguous mystery scrap377."

Vinay Pathak tweeted, "Supreme Court - STRAIGHT? or SCARED!"

Director Nikhil Advani tweeted: "Welcome to the medieval ages!!! It was only a matter of time."

Madhur Bhandarkar wrote: "Just when we thought we are looking into the future, comes a judgement that treats us like we are in the stone age. The disappointment is justified."




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