Should the Government repeal the Section 377 of IPC? Opine.
Published: March 17, 2016
India continues to uphold section 377 of the Indian Penal Code dating back to 1860, introduced during the British rule of India, which criminalises sexual activities “against the order of nature”, which also includes homosexual acts.
It is a colonial law made by Lord Macaulay. One of the grounds of introduction of the section was homosexuality or acts against the order of nature are condemned by the bible.
In my opinion, the government should repeal section 377 of IPC as we are living in the 21st century and its existence is a major setback to gay rights. It is a liberal society and such a law merely curbs human rights and choice wherein they are restricted.
With its repeal, the Fundamental Right to Equality will be implemented in its true spirit (Article 14). Also the interpretation of Article 19 and 21 (Right to Freedom and Right to Life and Personal Liberty) in favour of the LGBT rights will assert India’s commitment to inclusion of diversity and recognition of the same. Consequently, India will be seen upholding human rights and civil rights as recognised by the international community.
LGBTs will have the right and the freedom to proclaim themselves as such, and not have to live closed in the orthodox society in India. Employment, financial status and safety of such persons will be ensured.
A legislation towards decriminalising LGBT will also serve as education to the masses wherein there will be awareness created about their rights and the LGBT will be accepted in society and treated with respect. (257 Words)
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