It is believed in most parts of India that a baby in the womb of a pregnant woman, learns from the practices of the carrying mother, her interaction with self and the outside world. And this learning forms a part of one’s behavior and thought-process.
Assuming the Indian belief is true, there are numerous questions racing in my mind, when I see a carrying woman, who seemed needy of a comfortable seat in the crowded bus, off on a bumpy ride, leaning on the pole near the seat reserved for ladies and none of the women, indulged in make-up and gossip, ready to leave their seat for her. Saddened, I stood up, paving way for her, with the thoughts lingering ‘What would the child in, learn? Why don’t these women comfort a needy? Is it that they have learnt the same from their parents or is it that they have chosen to be this way?’
If I look at it this way, the people around us are drowning in their own world and there’s no hole to glance out to see the world outside, it makes sense. But…. this is contradictory to what The Honorable Supreme court says in Section 377!
Here it goes:
Chapter XVI, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code dating back to 1861, introduced during the British rule of India, criminalises sexual activities “against the order of nature”, including homosexual acts.
Unnatural offences: 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.
Explanation: Penetration is sufficient to constitute the carnal intercourse necessary to the offense described in this section.
When one has no business in looking upon the fellow people, why has one got to peep in the bedrooms of others? If two adults indulge in consensual safe sex, how does it harm the society?
For the fact remains that the deadly sexually transmitted diseases are epidemic in the business of prostitutes, for which, it is men who are responsible.
From child rights to women safety, we raise our voice. It is high time we wake-up for the rights of transgenders, homosexuals, queers. If Section 377 succeeds in stopping the so-called “unnatural sex”, will it succeed in stopping the hearts?
Like the bedrooms and affairs of heterosexuals are private and personal, so shall be of the homosexuals.
The womb from which a heterosexual (read ‘straight’) is born, from the same womb is a homosexual / transgender born (read ‘gay / hijada’). When nature (and the mythologies) accept the bonding of same genders, who are we to criminalise? It is not by choice or by force that decides one’s orientation. It is fixed while in the womb.
PS: Co-incidentally, while writing this, my best buddy called up to say he’s blessed with a boy. Should I congratulate him for his son might be straight or should I ask him to disown this gift of nature for he might be gay and the society will criminalize him?