With the endless conflict in India regarding Section 377, I think an opinion post on this blog was inevitable. But before we start, I’d like to quote Wikipedia about what the Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code states:
377. Unnatural offences: Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.
So now you know. And I’m sure you have chosen a side as well, for reasons best known to you.
What you’re about to read here is what my opinion is about homosexuality.
I’ll start with what most of them are saying, that homosexuality is unnatural. I’ve written a bit about it before and I’ll write a bit about it again because this thought is atrocious! How exactly can homosexuality be unnatural? Homosexuality or any sexuality, for that matter, is defined in a mother’s womb and the last I checked, that was a natural process. Homosexuality is as natural as the sky above you, the sun that shines each morning, the mountains you find so pretty.
And if I look at it from another angle, unnatural because it makes some people uncomfortable? If so, I think its highly selfish & shameful for the human race to banish a section of society only because it makes them squirm in their seats! You can’t take away their rights just like that! You can’t banish them based on their sexuality, something that is not in their control. So I think this bubble has (hopefully) been burst.
Moving on, how is my sexuality & love interest your business? Isn’t this stretching governmental (and societal) interference a bit too further? When did my life become your talk-over-tea? Am I entitled to no privacy? Not even in my bedroom?! What justifies such laws?
Honestly, I don’t understand the logic behind such “unnatural” laws. But I do know what they might lead to – an increase in crime, moral policing & discrimination (something which is strongly worded against in the Indian Constitution. Just words?).
Crime against homosexuals, crime against women. Us heterosexuals will feel superior & will obviously try to dominate the homosexuals… Ever heard about “corrective rape“? No. I’m not making it up. Its happening around us, because of us. Because of how we choose to see the world. Now will Section 377 (or will it not), encourage crimes like these??
One of the most serious consequences of this new law, I think, will be a boost to male chauvinism. When we judge someone based on their sexuality, are we breaking the stereotypical attitude of ‘women are the weaker sex’? No. We’re just taking it forth by judging another section of society (another, not different) on the same lines.
Educated people who make condemning remarks against the homosexual class of society are actually an impediment to society’s development and end up being a liability than an asset because of their backward thinking. What use is their education when they cannot use it for the benefit & upliftment of the society? They’re not contributing to the progress of the state but are posing a problem for it.
What you need to judge them on the basis of (if at all) are their abilities and talents, not their sexuality. Segregating a group of people based on their colour or sexuality is, I feel, the lowliest thing to do. These stereotypes need to be shed, and soon; only then will India see a brighter future, only then will the LGBT community get the place they deserve, their rights given only then.
Dear readers, I urge you to be fair. Let us not degrade our race. Let us rise up and be better human beings. Let us welcome them with open arms into a better place free of mockery and accusing glances. Let us understand that criminalising homosexuality is a misunderstanding of both, India’s diversity-friendly traditions and its modern beliefs in personal liberty. If an eighteen year old can understand it, why can’t those older than me do? It is not rocket science.
Think about it.
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