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Change the archaic law against homosexuality February 4, 2009

Posted by nitinkarani in English, Online/New Media, Section 377.
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From Merinews.com:

Attitudes towards homosexuality have shifted slightly and there is greater openness in cities but homophobia is still rampant. It’s time the archaic laws are reformed and Section 377 scrapped. Now, the issue has reached the Delhi High Court.

CJ: omi , 3 days ago Views:172 Comments:1

THE WORD – gay was a taboo in India once upon a time, not any more. Zamana badal gaya hai mere yaar, homosexuality is no longer considered a psychological disorder or abnormal. With time, things have changed for better. The gay parades held in the year 2008, bear testimony to the fact, yet there’s miles to go ahead. As the fight for the right goes on, many urban Indians are coming out of the closet to speak and stand up for their rights.

In 2005, Prince Manavendra Singh Gohil publicly came out as a gay. Since then many Indians have dared to be who they are. In a country where sexuality in any form is rarely discussed openly and sex is still talked about in hushed tones, the minority group (gay) has made their voice heard. Bollywood has been of great help in eradicating the myths and misunderstanding towards gay.

The first Big Bollywood G (gay) success was ‘My Brother Nikhil’. The movie redefined the meaning of gay and the common man learnt man to man love was not just about cross dressing and transgender. It was about handsome hunks too. Interestingly, ‘Fashion’ and ‘Dostana’ also dealt with the gay world.

Madhur, the undisputed king of realistic film says, that ‘Fashion’ is not about two gay designers. We agree but one can’t deny they play a vital role. ‘Fashion’ would be incomplete without them. And the much touted, supposedly gay film ‘Dostana’ tantalises the taste buds as John shows bubble bum. How can one forget Kiron Kher accepting John as the beloved of her laadla (Abhi)?

Attitudes towards homosexuality have shifted slightly and there is greater openness in cities but homophobia is still rampant. People are more individualistic and as live-in relationships are approved, the gays in India look towards the future with hope. It’s time the archaic laws are reformed and Section 377 scrapped. Till then being gay is an uphill task. Now, the issue has reached the Delhi High Court where the de-criminalisation of homosexuality will be debated. We can say, picture abhi baaki hain….

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