Punishable by law!!
Says who? Says the Supreme Court!! You mean you want to jail, fine, punish people in whatever way you deem fit for being just themselves?
I thought we lived in INDEPENDENT India - the world's largest democracy!Here we are gearing up to celebrate Republic day in just a month and a half's time - a day we dedicate to celebrating our constitution and the highest judicial body in the country has made it altogether clear that we aren't allowed to live up to the values of true independence and freedom that the constitution embodies.
Upholding the constitution isn't about following some regressive, subjugating, moralistic idea based on 18th century values but about moving ahead with the times and letting people enjoy true freedom.
Upholding article 377 is like saying 'YES' to apartheid. Like saying yes to abominable crimes like rape or murder or child or animal abuse because it happens to a small minority anyway!!
And then of course, there's the debate that has taken on all political hues possible. Win votes by supporting LGBT, lose votes from the perceived majority against LGBT!
Seriously, are we actually crazy or just a plain ignorant, regressive lot? Here we claim to be the largest progressive English speaking country with the highest number of graduates on earth, highest number of computer literates and blah blah blah and we aren't even sure if we can let people lead their personal lives the way they want to.
This is just so sad, embarrassing and infuriating all at the same time!!
Do we need to be an animal to support animal rights, a cricketer to support team India or a beauty queen to use the cosmetic brand endorsed by one? Well, you certainly do not need to be gay to support gay rights. It's just plainly about humanity, moral dignity and FREEDOM in the true sense.
‘Understand that sexuality is as wide as the sea. understand that your morality is not law. Understand that we are you.’
……. Derek Jarman, English Artist
A prayer: May our country rise out of this darkness. Amen
Pee ess: Mummy is super angry and has been seeing all red reading the papers. So we just let her deviate from our normal subjects and have her say here so she can let off some heat. It really isn’t on our agenda to discuss politics here but we do believe in absolute equality amongst all and a right to live free with dignity.
Paws up for THAT.
Wags,Ginger, Buddy and Shadow