Decriminalization of Homosexuality – Road ahead for LGBTQ community of India

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Theme :-

  • On 6th September, 2018, Supreme court gave judgement on section 377, which decriminalized homosexuality in India.

Things to cheer for :-

  • India joined 25 other nations in decriminalizing homosexuality. And hence India is a step closer to becoming equal and inclusive society.
  • As per surveys, acceptance of same-sex relationships is increased in India.

Present challenges for LGBTQ community in India :-

  • Though homosexuality is decriminalized, same-sex marriages are not yet legal in India. As long as the same-sex marriages get legal status, LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer) community will face legal issues in adopting children and passing properties to their adopted children as inheritance etc. And most importantly, legal status for the same-sex marriages will bring the feeling that all couples are equal.
  • Though more and more people are understanding and accepting people who have different sexual orientation from majority, still they often face social stigma and abuse.
  • Religious extremist groups are against to the same-sex marriages, and often causes trouble for the LGBTQ community. Many of these religious extremists are not aware of the fact that homophobia ( prejudice against homosexual people ) came to India with Britishers and wasn’t there in India before. Section 377, which criminalizes homosexuality was introduced in India under British rule.

Conclusion :-

It’s a victory for everyone that India has finally decriminalized homosexuality. But we have a long way to go in achieving equal rights and complete acceptance for the LGBTQ community in India.

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9 comments

  1. ancient world accepted something doesn’t mean its morally correct.Creation (whoever has done that) had made both the sexes, so that the required purpose is fulfilled.Love or sex is not all about orientation,but it has higher purposes.

    1. “Whoever” has created animals also, snakes also, and many human relations also…does that mean anyone can choose any other from his/her relations ?
      And what are higher purposes?
      are these really high purposes?

  2. i just wanted to know what is criteria to call something wrong or immoral?
    What is logic behind calling homosexuality “natural” or okay?
    If we say that it is upto two persons’s comfort what they like then what will be our take on incest -specially incest with consent and with protection ?

    Can this society allow incest and consider relationship between you know brother and ..mother and …??
    If we feel offended for incest because our moral compass is little bit higher and it does not allow our hearts to accept incest but has come down enough to accept homosexuality. Then we are hypocrites .
    I request logic to deny relationship between sis and bro, mom and son …or are we ready to accept it also?

  3. People make the society if we educate them or give some knowledge about this community which will help people to understand that its natural to have feeling for same gender. Its not about ignorance its about approaching in a right way and filling the gap between LGBT community and the mentality of people. Decriminalizing is obviously given a hope to LGBT community thus laws need to be more strict so that they can feel secure.

  4. According to me decriminalisation of homosexuality is a start that our nation needed there is still a long ways to go ahead but all we needed is a start . Even after 71 years of independence people of our country don’t even have the right to love who they want to love everyone is bounded in the norms of society. Still there is lot to come homosexuality is decriminalised but marriage for homosexual people is still a criminal offence in our country , people of LGBT community don’t have the right to adopt children and they don’t have the right to pass their properties as a inheritance to their children I think this should be the next milestone for the LGBT community to legalise homosexual marriage . Our country have been ignoring these communities and their rights for many years they are also humans they also have right to live ,right to love they don’t have to be ashamed of anything.
    At last I want to say that there is still long way to go but decriminalising homosexuality gives a ray of hope to the people who have their life filled with darkness.

  5. According to me though court has given verdict homosexuality is decriminalized in India but those they want to get same sex marriage they have to face social stigma still our society cannot accept it though we are modern as well as same sex marriage is not legally accepted .Same sex marriage couple they adopt a child , child will not get property by inheritance. Yes people have right to love anybody but it will take time to get acceptance by our society of same sex marriage.

  6. This is true to say that these people have to face a bulk of social stigma and ignorance.However ,decriminalizing section 377 is a new hope for the best. People will have to accept this either on this day or that day . Its because no one is above our constitution and right to equality and right to privacy (recently passed in article 21) is for all the community in India.Our ignorance and hate have made their life like a hell .
    Every one has the right to be happy and feel the pleasure of their partner.

  7. after 71 years of independence still people are fighting to one another on the basis of cast , religion etc.. still people are not going to accept secularism in our country .. so i think it will take a long way for our country to accept LGBTQ community.. To create vote bank politicians are using the weapon of religion and cast very nicely so i think one more chance will be created for politicians to divide country on the basis of LGBTQ community. Today politicians are giving tickets to the candidates on the basis of cast and religion.. tommorow they will create one more community LGBTQ .. i think in the name of secularism we are diving our country

  8. As said our society has to improve on accepting these people and has an obligation to make them to live a normal life. Its interesting to know that the ancient world had recognised them well but the modern man is still ignorant that nothing is there unnatural or anti-natural and everything is natural. What they need is some acceptance and love. Our ignorance should not harm others life and life is the same for everyone.

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