Thursday, July 2, 2009

'Live and let live'.

Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code :

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.

The Delhi High Court ruled today to the effect that gays can legally have fun, if both are adults nodding their head.

Big deal?


In a country where sources would have you believe that close to 500 million people get by with less than 1.25$ per day, how does it matter that a court says men can have fun with men (or women with women for that matter)? A pinch of perspective anyone?

But then again, is something not worth a damn just because the majority doesn’t give a damn?Is not a country only as great as it treats its minorities? That while without a doubt, it should not favor its minorities; it does at the same time spare them the odd thought? And treat them as equal citizens?

A colleague of mine once said ‘Nothing you do is wrong in this world, as long as you don’t hurt another’. Methinks that's at least a great attempt at hitting upon the 'universal truth' - if ever there is such a thing. Simple and beautiful, right?

To the right wing loonies opposing this under the garb of culture, and the religious bodies opposing this (under whatever garb!), I only say one thing – the earlier law didn’t prevent a gay boy from looking longingly at John Abraham.

And after the judge spoke today, it wont stop a 'straight' boy from looking longingly at Mallika Sherawat’s curves, and make him chase John Abraham instead. Just because the judge said it was okay ! (How crazy is the thought?)

Take a 'chill pill' friends. No one’s ever taken on Mother Nature and won.

All the judge said today was let people be. And took another small step for us to become a great nation.

Now if only we stop losing sleep over such 'small issues', and put our minds to some larger ones - how about those 500 million people with half-filled bellies to begin with?

Perspective anyone?

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