Decriminalization of Homosexuality
Societal dynamics influence the law of the land and perhaps the most important impact of such kind can be seen through the transition in legal provisions brought about regarding homosexuality.
In this world full of pride parades, rainbow-themed parties and picnics, colorful identities, a law criminalizing homosexuality seems like a different planet. However, in India, same-sex relations were not legal until 2018, when a landmark judgment removed homosexuality from section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. The historic judgment made a massive impact on the LGBTQ+ community, which was widely celebrated. Section 377 is identified as Unnatural sex offence as per IPC, that is any individual engaging in intercourse with a man, woman or animal that is against the order of nature. Any adult engaging in consenting sexual relations would also be punished subject to this law. Hence, this reformation in the law was much needed.
The judgment’s impact elucidates with what Jasmine Guy said “No sexuality is greater or lesser than another”, highlighting the importance of accepting one’s sexuality, sexual orientation. The freedom to love whoever an individual wants as per their orientation is a basic right that all should enjoy. Hence, any step towards the path that brings us all together, free to be who we are and love who we are, is a remarkable as well as joyous step. The positive steps help create hope for a better tomorrow in which we accept, celebrate individual differences and work together.