Recently the social media was abuzz with reports of a shooting which took place at a gay night club in Orlando, leaving 50 people dead and 53 hurt. It’s not that mass killing has never taken place in the world, it’s the reason behind the shooting which sparks a debate among the modern world. It was not merely an act to generate terror among people, it was the way adopted by the gunman (namely, Omar Mateen) to voice his hatred of gays and lesbians. It’s not the first time that gays and lesbians have been forced to be ashamed of their existence, but a mass killing of such sort makes many questions pop up in my mind.
Why establishing a physical relationship with someone of the same sex, put next to a sin? How far has India worked to make such people safe? How much do such people feel integrated with the society? Let’s have a look.
WHAT DO THE STATS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT INDIA’S AND WORLD’S VIEWS ON SAME SEX COUPLE?
Where in the world is it legal to be a gay or lesbian?
Same-sex laws are found to be implemented in very few countries. In five countries and in parts of two others, homosexuality is still punishable by the death penalty, while a further 70 countries will take a person to jail for loving someone of their own sex. Even where homosexuality is legal, many countries treat those in same-sex relationships differently, such as having an unequal age of consent or a ban on marriage. In Russia, a law banning the promotion of “non-traditional” sexuality to under 18s have been passed. Across most of the United States, it is perfectly legal to fire someone from their job solely because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Let’s have a look how much socially acceptable you are in India if you are a lesbian or a gay.
Homophobia is prevalent in India. Public discussion of homosexuality in India has been inhibited by the fact that sexuality in any form is rarely discussed openly. Though now films and social media are openly coming up with a display of physical affection in an opposite-sex couple, homosexuality is considered a taboo in a largely conservative Indian society which appears to be divided on this controversial issue. One can see parents asking their children to avoid their company. Some families have even asked same-sex couple or homosexuals to leave their society. Such is the discrimination which a homosexual faces in our country.
What The Indian Government Has To say About It ?
What does the law say?
Section 377 of IPC, which came into force in 1862, defines unnatural offences. It says, “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 10 years, and shall also be liable to fine.”
How Delhi HC showed the ray of hope to the homosexuals?
In July 2009, HC decided to decriminalize homosexual acts. It declared the Section 377 of IPC as unconstitutional and irrational.
SC Goes back to base one.
Supreme court chose to re-criminalize the homosexual relations in December 2013 and threw the ball into the lap of the Parliament.
Ray of hope comesback in 2014
SC assures that curative petition filed by Naz will be heard sooner.
On 2 February 2016, the Supreme Court agreed to reconsider its 2013 judgment; it said it would refer petitions to abolish Section 377 to a five-member constitutional bench, which would conduct a comprehensive hearing of the issue
It’s high time that one should stop judging people on the basis of whom they love and should rather focus on how they are and what they are. They are not fighting for special rights, just fighting for equal rights. Yes, public display of affection should be banned, be it same-sex or opposite-sex couples, but the society should not restrict their mindset. If something is done in a closed room, society should prefer keeping their nose to themselves.
Everyone has the right to love and the right to be loved!!