“Sick minds”

The other day, Anbumani Ramadoss talked about scrapping Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which reads as follows-

“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 term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.”

The Indian Law Ministry, however, is opposed to the same. “This is a section not merely confined to gay rights, it acts as an effective deterrent against paedophiles and those with sick minds,” a senior babu nonchalantly says. And further, “tampering with the well laid out provisions of the IPC could unsettle the legal framework in the country.”

According to his immaculate logic, S377 prevents paedophiles from voluntarily engaging in sexual activities with children (gosh, I never knew India had dropped the age for consent to zero). Further, it seems those bureaucrats who can come up with a hundred different laws and thousands of amendments to existing laws without “tampering with the well laid out provisions of” the existing laws – and all this without breaking a sweat – cannot find a way to amend Section 375 and redefine rape without trampling on basic human rights.

So, for now homosexuals are still second class citizens in India. Thank God those who wrote the Indian Penal Code didn’t get any ideas from Hitler – pink arm bands and all. How could they – it was written by the British in 1860, and they had the sense and morals to scrap the relevant provision in their own country.

“People are entitled to think that homosexuality is wrong, but they are not entitled to use the criminal law to force that view upon others… A society that has learned, over time, racial and sexual equality can surely come to terms with equality of sexuality.” – Tony Blair

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  • you12  On August 29, 2008 at 12:24 am

    Look I am not gay but I like your writing.;)

    Jokes aside ,Pedophilia is mostly classified as a mental disorder so having laws to prevent pedophilia is futile plus the government’s argument that it is a good law to prevent child abuse is baseless. There should be a law regarding consensual sex age limit not banning normal sexual activity.

    morality deals with how an individual or an organization takes action generally or in certain situations while Taste refers to what an Organization or an individual finds acceptable or engaging. Society more often than not confuses morality with taste. I am an atheist and I find religious activities offensive ,so should I go ahead and file a petition to ban them?

    Also The argument that Gay rights destroys Indian culture is actually a silly one and Only those with no sense of history can say words like this. Hinduism never banned homosexuality. It is an imported concept from Islam and Christianity. So VHP and likes should actually support the queer parade. :)

    But as Kurosawa said: “In a world of insane only the insane are sane”.

    Similar laws are in place regarding adultery. Adultery is a complex and private matter and the last thing such a relationship needs is State interference.

    So in conclusion I like the t shirt I am wearing and Singh is Kingg is a pretty good song. Everything else remains same.

  • aristotlethegeek  On August 29, 2008 at 3:49 am

    A State that does not care to think inhabited by people who do not know how to think is hardly going to change the status quo. Millions of people have written about laws and just use of force over the years, but no one seems to listen. Only goes to show that those in government are blind, deaf, mute and brain dead. They surely act that way.

  • you12  On August 29, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    We deserve the government we have. No one government is going to solve everything let alone the whole idea of government being the leader is preposterous. Fundamental changes need to happen to make all those daydreams about India true but Indians are not ready for that.

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