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Nagathihalli Chandrashekar, KM Chaitanya, Chethan

Kannada film personalities have responded to the historic judgement of the Supreme Court of India decriminalizing Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. Senior director and writer Nagatihalli Chandrashekar said, "There is no freedom to select gender,caste,religion, country,or language to anyone before their birth. I’m so happy, that our #Supreme Court realised this hard reality at least now! I have strong faith in our judicial system. It’s the only #HOPE! Let’s treat everyone equally." 

Nagatihalli also had a message in Kannada. He said, "ಯಾವ ಜೀವಿಗೂ ಹುಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ಮುಂಚೆ ತನ್ನ ಲಿಂಗ, ಜಾತಿ,ಧರ್ಮ, ದೇಶ,ಭಾಪೆಗಳ ಆಯ್ಕೆಗೆ ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ಯ್ರವಿಲ್ಲ. ಈ ಸತ್ಯ ಸುಪ್ರೀಂಗೆ ತಡವಾಗಿಯಾದರೂ ತಿಳಿಯಿತಲ್ಲ.. ನಮ್ಮ ನ್ಯಾಯಾಂಗ ವ್ವವಸ್ಥೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ನಂಬಿಕೆ ಬಂತು. ಎಲ್ಲ ಮನುಷ್ಯರನ್ನೂ ಕೇವಲ ಮನುಷ್ಯರಂತೆ ಕಾಣೋಣ." 

Actor Aa Dinagalu Chetan (Chetan Kumar) on his online message said, "Not just verdict but wording evokes tears of joy. 'Majoritarian views & popular morality cannot dictate Constitutional rights'. Thoughtful, conscientious, a much-needed jolt to the system #Judiciary that makes us proud to be LGBTQIA+/straight & Indian!" 

Director KM Chaitanya retweeted a newspaper report about the Supreme Court judgement and quoted, "Homosexuality is not an offence in India, five Supreme Court judges declared today in a spectacular verdict for the gay rights movement in the country." Actress Vishaka Singh, who has acted in films like Housefull and Antaraatma tweeted, "Thank you #SupremeCourtIndia ! My friends can be slightly less fearful now. #LiveAndLetLive."