Bollywood glad the SC will reconsider Section 377

The Asian Age.  | subhash k jha

Entertainment, Bollywood

Filmmakers Onir and Apurva Asrani laud the Supreme Court for deciding to take a look at decriminalising homosexuality in India.

Apurva Asrani

Apurva Asrani
The 2013 judgment was a huge miscarriage of justice. It put us really low on the human rights index, and we joined the likes of Saudi Arabia, in persecuting homosexuals. The Supreme Court seems to want to undo this blemish on their otherwise respectable record. I have faith that justice will be served. Let’s see if all this is real, or if they’re trying to deflect attention from something else.

It’s heartening that finally, after four years, the Chief Justice Dipak Misra recognised the inherent flaw, where the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution to every citizen, irrespective of gender or sexuality, is denied to the LGBTQ community. The honourable court last year had recognised the personal law and recognises that the right to love between two consenting adults is a fundamental human right. Denying this to the community subjects it to various form of social discrimination, as it destroys lives. This move is heartening, and I hope we, as a nation, join the increasing number of countries, which recognise this as a human right. I’m very hopeful this time. Chief Justice Misra has given a very strong statement.