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Friday, September 29, 2006

The first signs of liberalization..

At the time when most of the countries worldwide have legalized gay and lesbian rights, in India, section 377 of the IPC defines homosexuality as a crime punishable under law which could mean imprisonment for a term upto 10 years.The homosexuals are not granted even fundamental rights like marrying and living with the person they love, adoption of children, inheritance in case of death of the partner and working in an unbiased workplace.If nature has created them thus, what is the fault of theirs that they are ostracised and hounded by the law?They are just as "normal" as us-just that because of their sexual orientation they are attracted to people of the same gender.
The NAZ Foundation, an NGO which helps aids-affected people, had challenged the SC on the validity of the law.And days after some eminent persons including author Vikram Seth, filmmaker Shyam Benegal and writer Arundhati Roy wrote an open letter asking the government to strike down the IPC Section 377, the government is finally shedding its homophobia.The ministry of health and family welfare is reportedly working with the home ministry to repeal Section 377. This can be seen as the fist step towards securing equal rights for securing equal rightsto sexual minorities like homosexuals, bisexuals and trans-gender individuals.Now, nearly 5 million people in india can dare to dream for an identity.


    • At 8:46 AM, Blogger seriously_frivolous said…

      WE gotta population crisis here, we could really do with some homos...common guys...scrap that law.

      On a serious note, I can you forbid two people from getting together if thats what they want in life.

    • At 6:33 AM, Anonymous utkarsh said…

      @ serious ,
      heard the same line in a comedy show sometime back :D .. sounds like your wavelengths match

      @roopa ,
      It is really unfortunate that in a developing country like India, there still exist biases against gays and lesbians .. even though the Govt may choose to repeal the act or whatever .. it will take a long time for society to accept them into the mainstream.

    • At 12:27 PM, Blogger roopa said…

      I think 'such' celebraties coming out open about themselves might help changing in the mindset of the people.

    • At 10:30 AM, Blogger SteelySouthpaw said…

      hmmm.... a serious post from you!! US ge hogbittu phull change aagbittidiya.

    • At 11:53 PM, Blogger Ayshu said…

      Totally agree!!why should government stop two people from getting together?

    • At 7:25 AM, Blogger roopa said…

      Phull alla..swalpa :-)

    • At 7:27 AM, Blogger roopa said…


      its time the government realises..

    • At 5:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

      Yes, its still a taboo in india, but accepted openly and proudly worldwide.
      Being away from india, I have seen so many gay and lesbian relationships, and they r proud to be one and the society accepts them as every one of us. They have their own identity and they have equal right to be a part of every community.
      I no nothing on the law conduct but yes, india will take another decade or may be even more to accept such relationships.

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Monday, September 11, 2006

It is only when u can see the horizon in all directions that you'llbe able to realise how vast the sky really is. And be able to watch the sun rise and set. Back in bangalore this was next to impossible. But in this new place that I have shifted to(yup thats the excuse for the hiatus in blogging), I can :-D. I just watched the sunrise today -the red ball looking deceptively icy-cool against the rosy sky. What made it better was that I watched it from a train. Believe me, this is the best way to start the day.


    • At 2:35 PM, Blogger vishnoi said…

      u've just mentioned about something that i always make sure i do when i am on a train! its an amazing feeling :)

    • At 4:37 PM, Blogger roopa said…

      its easier on the train..if not we would be fast alseep in our cosy room:-p

    • At 6:06 AM, Anonymous utkarsh said…

      "Back in bangalore this was next to impossible"
      Unfortuantely .. Very true !!
      and there is defiantely nothing better than watching the early morning sun .. it's very satisfying .. !!

    • At 9:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

      roopa..i need your email id..i am afraid i have some bad news

    • At 12:43 PM, Blogger roopa said…

      thats right..guess working in a software company in blore definitely rules out any chance of watcing sunrise/sunset :-)

      but who is this?

    • At 1:16 AM, Anonymous utkarsh said…

      :D .. probably the best effort i have seen , to get a girl to give her mail id ..

    • At 9:05 PM, Blogger seriously_frivolous said…

      In a train or a Plane? Hard to believe, Bangalore offers you that view. Hang on....jus a matter of time before a tall IT building covers that view :)

    • At 9:39 AM, Blogger roopa said…


      @seriously_frivolous wasnt bangalore I was talking bangalore it may so happen that you can only see the noon sun :-p

    • At 3:35 PM, Blogger Harsha said…

      Which is this new place?

    • At 12:20 PM, Blogger roopa said…


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