Friday, July 03, 2009

City Reporting – Delhi High Court Legalizes Gay Sex

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It's legal Now

First comments, first reactions.

[Text and picture by Mayank Austen Soofi]

Shock. Disbelief. Euphoria. These were the first emotions experienced on 10.35am, July 2nd, 2009, in the jam-packed chamber one of Delhi High Court as a bench comprising Chief Justice A P Shah and Justice S Murlidhar legalized gay sex among consenting adults. “I’m standing in the High Court right now and everyone around me is just sobbing,” said a tearful Ms Rituparna Borah, a 28-year-old lesbian who is not ‘out’ at her office. “Finally, the dream has come true,” she said. The bench held that the law making gay sex a criminal offence violates fundamental rights.

As soon as the judgment was delivered, people present in the court started crying, jumping, and calling on their mobile phones spreading the good news to lovers, friends and families. “We’ve won the right to be human beings,” said an ecstatic Mr Mohnish Malhotra, a young gay man. He added: “I’m proud to be an Indian today.” Ms Lesley Esteeves, the queer rights activist and one of the main organisers of Delhi Gay pride parade was equally joyful. “I felt as if the judge spoke for me,” she said on phone from the High Court. “We all are very emotional right now.”

Each and every word of the verdict was listened to in an absolute pin drop silence. Everyone was holding hands and all stood up as the Chief Justice Shah started reading the verdict. “He quoted from Nehru’s freedom speech,” gushed Ms Ponni Arasu, 25, a law student who, too, was present at ground zero. “Now I can proudly declare that yes, I’m a bisexual,” she said.

As a Britisher I always felt guilty that section 377 was a legacy of colonial bureaucratic British law,” said Mr Steven Baker, a creative writing instructor in British Council. “ So today I feel proud to be a British in India.”

During the time of writing this piece, the happy people were restlessly hugging each other in the court premises. Plans were made to gather later in the day at Jantar Mantar to commemorate the ‘victory’. “We haven’t decided the time yet,” said Ms Esteves, “but we sure are having a party tonight.”

It's legal now; Celebrations at Jantar Mantar

It's legal Now

It's legal now; Celebrations at Jantar Mantar

It's legal Now

It's legal now; Celebrations at Jantar Mantar

It's legal Now

It's legal now; Celebrations at Jantar Mantar

It's legal Now

It's legal now; Celebrations at Jantar Mantar

It's legal Now

It's legal now; Celebrations at Jantar Mantar

It's legal Now

9 comments:

Kaushik Chatterji said...

Finally, some baggage that can be done without has been rightfully shed.

Anonymous said...

Just because it is legal does not mean it is acceptable to society. What are the steps the society can take to prevent this phenomenon of 'homosexuality' ?

Rima Kaur said...

hehehe i like the cop on the extreme left

who? said...

It is definitely a step towards Gay Liberation but the question is are we ready for it?
But I feel it’s a change after all and its time to rejoice....!!!

Abhiroop Banerjee said...

Can arranged gay marriages be far behind? ;)

Anonymous said...

A Historic judgement by Delhi HC..
Its an independence day for queer community..lets hoist the rainbow flag :)

Rajiv said...

Before...

Son....papa,m going to movie wth Mayank

papa..jaooo,dinner ker ke aannaa

After 2nd...
....pa,m going wth mayank

papa...NOOO,if u want to go thn kisi ladki ko bhi saath le jao nd
dinner time se pehle ghar aa jaannaa:D

Abhay said...

Hi Anon
So far so good. Getting so fed up with heterosexuality and feel like this crime should be punished. The cause of wars, rape, racism, women's subordiation and many many other hazards. I am looking for a doc and planning to get some counselling to change my heterosexual behaviour. Particularly because I dont have a community sense with hetero sexuals. My suggestion to you is to go legal, get some gaysex, it is nice. I tried yesterday, going 'legal', and it was really fun :)

Rajiv said...

17th century mom to her son. Beta apne religion ke ladki se hee shadi karna. 18th Century > apne caste ke , 19th Century > ane level ke , 20th Century > Apne desh k , 21st Century > Koi bhi par ladki se hee karna :D
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hahahah chori kja maal hai ji :D