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I learnt something recently

I learnt something recently. I learnt that homosexuality is illegal in India. I learnt that it’s considered a crime to be homosexual. I learnt that you can be imprisoned for falling in love with someone of the same sex. All I can say is that I am shocked. I knew people were narrow-minded but I always thought that was a personal thing. Never once did I even think in my wildest dream that it was a crime!

I mean, honestly, how could it be a crime if you are born with a biological/genetic/hormonal map that determines who you will be attracted to? That’s like saying let’s jail anyone who is too short or too tall or too thin or too fat! It’s your brain. It’s your genes. It’s your biological maps that can determine this. In the same vein, it’s the neurochemistry in your brain that determines whether you are attracted to a person of the same sex or different sex.

On people have been asked their opinions on whether Section 377 should be scrapped (i.e. homosexuality should be legalised) and I read the opinions. I felt like throwing up! I was cringing at how illiterate the opinions were. Yes, there were a few who did say that it’s a choice (which actually it may not be) and others who said that human rights were being violated, but majority of the opinions were against the legalisation.

What was even more disturbing was the reasoning behind it — they categorised it in the same vein as raping a child or murder! Whatever happened to the word ‘consent’? Nobody was saying that by making it legal meant that you couldn’t have a say in it! And then of course, the evergoing debate about how “it’s not in our culture”! So what is the Indian culture about? Is it about narrow-mindedness? Is it about not being genuine? Is it about putting up a front to please others? What is it about? I thought India was a developing country but the views of majority of the individuals appear to be regressing.

So why am I so disturbed? Well, like I said, I didn’t think you could call something that had a biological basis a crime. And if an individual has a certain sexual preference why can’t he or she follow that? I know even the most developed nations have not legalised gay and lesbian marriages…which is another thing I don’t get. I don’t get why it is said that it’s just a man and a woman who can be married and have children. Why can’t a homosexual couple be married and adopt children/have children? Studies have not found any significant effect on children of homosexual parents having a same-sex preference. Everyone says things in the name of religion — that’s the other justification for everything on this planet. So when did God say that people couldn’t be involved with someone of the same sex? Think about it…if God was so against it, would He have created that biological basis that causes one to be attracted to someone of the same sex? Or did God do that so He could have fun watching how people discriminated against homosexuals???

I do hope the stupid law in India is scrapped and that homosexuality is legalised. (It feels weird even saying that!!!) But I think it will still take a long long long time for quite a few people in India to become open-minded…and by that I don’t mean those in the rural areas but in the urban areas where for some reason they think they are open-minded but are actually worse than those in the rural areas!

{This was originally published on my old blog on 25/09/2006}

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Until next time,

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