On September 6, 2018, when the clock struck 12:25 PM, the Supreme Court gave a historic verdict where the five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice (CJI) Dipak Misra, decriminalised gay sex between consenting adults. The 157 years old law (Which came into existence during colonial rule in 1861) was stuck down by the court saying that sexual orientation is natural and people have no control over it.
Previously, Section 377, the most controversial law of the IPC refers to ‘unnatural offenses’ and says whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or even an animal, shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to 10 years, and shall also be liable to pay a fine.
One’s sexual orientation whether gay or straight has nothing to do with the world order and if one look at the historical events, then homosexuality can be seen finding its root in the events of the past.
Gender rights activists, several NGOs and many others have always argued that Section 377 violates many fundamental and constitutional rights and now that it is decriminalised, everyone has right to be seen as an equal. After all, we live in the world where everyone needs to be treated fairly.
Congrats India! Every consenting adult can now breathe, fuck, and express their sexual orientation with equality.
Also, to all the members of the LGBTQ community, “What you feel is natural and to me, you’re a HUMAN first and then everything else. We are here to support you and help you because you’re normal and the unwanted fringe elements don’t have a right to decide your life.”
Be what you’re!