So there's this article in Times Of India about homosexuality, and I'm inspired to write about something that I feel very strongly about.
Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code states-
"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 for a term which may extend to 10 years and shall also be liable to fine."
There has been much discussion over this, as quite a few people, many of them celebrities, have come out of the closet and are quite open about their sexual preferences. And I say, WHY NOT?
What's wrong in having a different sexual orientation? Doesn't everybody have a right to live according to their own wishes?
In our society, there have always been people who have been more interested in what's happening in other's lives.
Like the neighbourhood aunties, who gossip about the teenage girl found to be roaming about with a guy from her school. And the wife, who comes late from office, and sets many tongues a-wagging. It doesn't matter whether the girl's 'boyfriend' actually turns out to be a brother, or maybe the woman comes late because she's handling double shifts to sustain her family.
It is this mindset that we have been brought up with, and it is this that makes us peep into other's lives instead of minding our own business. So what if a person is homosexual? Does it make him/her a criminal? Does it make him/her any lesser than any of us normal, heterosexual people? Does it make him/her any less able to handle a job? NO.
Then why the discrimination?
Our astute politicians are quick to term this increasing self realisation as 'westernization' and are even quicker to condemn it. I ask these people, have they been left out of the so called wave of modernization and westernization?? They have half naked women dancing on stages on so called 'Janmashtami Celebrations' and our politicians and various other party workers dancing along with them in inebriated states. That's OK, Homosexuality is not.
I think it's time we let go of our centuries old beliefs, and learn to accept people without any prejudices. Being a homosexual is not wrong, not until you're being forced to turn into one :P .
It's time for us non-homosexuals to come out of the closet. All the talk of world peace and brotherhood can become a reality only if we stop judging people and take them as they are.