Supreme Court To Revisit Law Criminalaising Homosexuality. Here’s What Folks Are Hoping For

Posted on February 1, 2016 in Cake

Fifteen years ago Naz Foundation, an NGO that works on HIV/AIDS and sexual health, filed a petition to decriminalize homosexuality.The case will come to its legal close on Feb 2, 2016, during a curative petition hearing at the Supreme Court. It took nearly a decade after it was first filed, for the petition to culminate in the historic ruling by the Delhi High Court. It declared that homosexuality was not a crime.

But the archaic Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code reared its ugly head again in 2013 when the apex court decided to criminalize same-sex sexual activity between two consenting adults again.

Scheduled for today, the petition is the last chance to ensure that the nation makes it right for its queer population in the spirit of freedom, equality and justice that India holds tightly on to as per the Constitution.

A large number of people famously misconceived as a ‘miniscule minority‘ wait in anticipation today. But the queer community in India will not be put down. Solidarity meetings and candlelight vigils were held in various parts of the country prior to the hearing:

 

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After his bill to decriminalize homosexuality was outrightly rejected by the Indian Parliament last year, here’s what Indian National Congress MP Shashi Tharoor had to say:

But it has to be noted that the same society, or rather the same system of authority, that criminalizes homosexuality, is also responsible for ‘protecting’ Indian viewers from seeing representations of same-sex relationships on screen. ‘Aligarh’, a new Indian film with a gay protagonist, got an ‘Adult’ rating. One twitter user had this to say about the head of the censor board:

Even as strong messages of support come pouring in, the anti-equality camp got pretty expressive online as well. Subramanian Swamy, a former Union Minister, with a particularly homophobic track record (he actually said “Homos are genetically handicapped“) tweeted this:

Whatever happens at today’s hearing will be historic. We can only hope that history remembers this as the moment we didn’t squander this most important opportunity. And, if squandered it is, then let history remember a renewed vigour in the fight for justice.

Image Courtesy: Twitter/Gaysi Family.

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