Pallav Patankar, programme director at Humsafar Trust, an LGBT rights organisation, expressed happiness over acknowledgment of the curative petition by the apex court.

"The fact that the court has even agreed to reopen the debate is a sign of positivity. It's like a ray of hope through a closed door", said Patankar.

He said he was hoping for government support on the matter.

"In our country, minority means religious minorities. This is unfair. It is time for the government to recognise sexual minorities as well", he said.

An apex court bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur referred the matter to a five-judge constitution bench as counsel Kapil Sibal said the issue involved a question of far-reaching constitutional importance and must be heard by a five-judge bench.

The LGBT community in India has been fighting a legal battle asking for Section 377 to be revoked on grounds that it violates human rights.

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