In an epitome judgment yesterday, the SUPREME court finally abolished SECTION 377 OF THE INDIAN CONSTITUTION that “criminalized gay sex as a punishable offence with up to 10 years in jail as punishment”. This colonial era hangover of a law literally has been used as a weapon to discriminate and harass a section of people for being a sexual minority. In a landmark ruling yesterday lead by an esteemed panel of 5 judges, SECTION 377 has been scrapped and the LGBTQ community of India has won a long, arduous battle they have been actively fighting since the last 10 years by being just so brave.
Why am I talking about homosexuality and this Section 377 today? I am neither gay, nor have I friends who are a part of this movement. But I am an Indian citizen who believes in liberty and the very fundamental right of privacy as a choice. I have lots of gay idols and lots of people I truly admire for their sheer talent who may have a different sexual orientation but why is that a matter of national headlines? What I do behind closed doors is my business and that should be applicable to all of us EQUALLY. It has a lot to do with religion and some vested interests of some socio-political organizations, this discrimination that the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer) community has been facing. Only THEY know what can be achieved by marginalizing a minority into living in fear, disgrace and shame for whom they chose to LOVE. LOVE is God’s religion and it was high time that this veil of ignorance be lifted so that everyone, equally can breathe free.
It’s been one helluva battle though for all the gay right activists, the celebrities, the lawyers, the NGO’s, the petitioners, writers and everyone who supported them whole heartedly but the kind of celebration that the verdict has generated makes my heart swell. From Ranveer Singh to Shashi Tharoor, everyone was in the mood to pop some champagne over this victory. All my social media feed was painted in the rainbow colors of PRIDE with congratulatory messages to the LGBTQ community pouring in from all sections of the society. The news channels were splashed with the headlines of this historic move by the Supreme Court and for this one day, suddenly the world seemed less doomed. Celebrities rejoicing at the verdict posted happy pictures and happier captions and I personally felt really more proud of being an Indian than ever.
Like I said, I personally do not know of any LGBTQ peers but having heard and read stories of their horrors and tales of torture and living in the closet used to give me the chills. Its true we have a long way to go in terms of OTHER PROBLEMS such as child abuse, RAPES and many more issues plaguing our nation but this one victory shows that there is light at the end of the tunnel. We need the right warriors to stand up and fight for our issues diligently and dedicatedly. Justice’s mills do run slow but eventually, ultimately, LOVE WINS, HUMANITY WINS.