- Surbhi Jain
Growing up, I always thought negative stereotype about Gays, Lesbians, Bisexual and transgender. These stereotypes gave me an excuse to not educate myself about them. Now, a lot these people (LGBT COMMUNITY) are going through too much just because of their sexuality. Problems such as marrying the person they truly love, violence, suicide, etc.
Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code states that- “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 a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine”.
In July 2009, the Delhi high court had decriminalized homosexuality among consenting adults, holding in it violation of article 14, 15 and 21 of the constitution of India.
In December 2012, the Supreme Court turned the HC’s decision, after finding it “legally unsustainable”.
The decision of the Supreme Court met with lots of criticism and was not accepted by the society. In February 2016, a curative petition was submitted by Naz Foundation and the Chief Justice of India, T.S Thakur decided that the petitions will be reviewed by a constitutional bench consisting five members.
We live in 21st century and it’s the time to break the norm. Homosexuals do not harm the society, criminals do. Most of the people are unaware of this section and they harm the LGBT Community for no reason. This is really an old law introduced during the British time but time has changed now. Just because homosexuality is not practiced in India does not mean it is not normal.
This concept is widely accepted throughout the world and it is the time India should move on with embracing these laws to join other countries on the way to development. There are other more important things to focus on such as rape case and sexual harassment.