When Love Wins

“Gay” – this term has been in use only since the 1950s or so, but there are evidences that the concept behind it dates back to 9600 BC! Yes, seriously. But researchers believe that it is much older, like from when the human race started.

But the real question, for which we need an answer is, was it legal back then? The answer is that, it has varied from place to place, religion to religion, time to time. For example, in the past, in Ancient Rome some places had it legal and in some places it wasn’t. They were punished harshly if they were found guilty and there is only limited evidence that penalties were laid against them. But in places like, ancient Greece, Japan, Polynesia, some parts of Africa, Love of a man for another was institutionalized.

Okay, let’s see whether it was legal or not back then in India. To find out, we have to turn back to three sources: images in temple walls, sacred narratives and ancient books. And we come to know that, many of the religious structures contain art related to homosexuality. Indian epics like Ramayana, Mahabharata has some instances depicting same-sex relationships. On the contrary, scripts like Narada Purana say, that humans involving in such matters will fall in hell. According to Muslims, Islamic Shari’ah law is extracted from both the Qur’an and Muhammad’s Sunnah. Homosexuality under this law, is not only a sin, but a punishable crime against God. According to Christianity, one line condemns the idea as a whole, whereas the other line says homosexuals should be accepted so that they can find a higher calling in God and change their ways. To conclude, like other parts of the world even India had mixed ideas over homosexuality. In some places people didn’t care much on criminalizing, but in some places people were punished severely.

Alright! That’s too much of history. Let’s see what happened in the modern era.

Finally, in 2001, the Netherlands became the first ever country to legalise same-sex marriage. Following that many countries, became aware of the facts and started to legalise it. By 2018, about 27 countries in the world have legalized same-sex marriage.

In India, several organizations like Naz Foundation Trust, Law commission of India, Union Health Ministry and etc. expressed support for decriminalising homosexuality. Even after such support, protests and reviews in 2009, the Delhi High court found section 377 stating: “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 a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine”

After a struggle for almost a decade by the activists, and also a after a long-lasting fight by the LGBT community, their rights were finally recognised and the Supreme Court of India decriminalized consensual gay sex, on September 6th 2018. And it made everyone to exclaim “Love has finally won!”

Even though this is a humongous victory for same-sex couples, what do you think the consequences will be? Even though the government legalized it , do you think Indian parents would accept it? Even if they accept it, will caste play a major role among them? There are so many things that we as a society have to work on.

Please do feel free to answer the above questions. Once we are done answering it, love will finally win!

Written by: Vishwa, second year, Rubber and Plastic Technology.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *