‘Officially A Homophobic Country’ Cries Twitter After Parliament Rejects Bill To Scrap 377

Posted on December 18, 2015 in Society

By Lipi Mehta:

Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code is a discriminatory, archaic law that the British instituted in 1860, that criminalises all non-penile-vaginal intercourse as ‘against the order of nature’ in India, with a punishment of up to 10 years in jail. This means that two adult men having sex in their bedroom in India are criminals under the law. In a landmark judgement, the Delhi High Court termed it as ‘unconstitutional’ in 2009, but in a regressive move, the Supreme Court overruled the same in 2013.

Two days ago, MP Shashi Tharoor announced a Private Member’s Bill to scrap Section 377 from the Indian Penal Code. This was received as a welcome move by many across the country who consider it to be high time to decriminalise consensual sex between adults, irrespective of gender and sexuality. The Bill was voted upon in the Parliament today.

With 24 ‘Ayes’ and 71 ‘Noes’, the Bill was defeated, raising multiple questions about India’s progress and ‘development’.

Here are some other reactions from Twitter users:




And this is what Shashi Tharoor has to say.