Love is Love: A special feature on first anniversary of decriminalisation of Section 377, IPC
Love is a feeling, an emotion of passion and affection which you could feel for anyone irrespective of cast, religion or gender. However, in our country too we removed the filter last year. This was little late for us as a liberal nation. But now that it says “you are free to love whoever you want”. It has been a year that people sleep as its fortune cookie’s peace grant.
On this ominous benchmark of a year, India has come together to celebrate the decriminalization of section 377 from the Indian Penal Code. The case was once lost in 2013 and the community had lost all hope in humanity and citizenship, but five years later people were living a different story. On 6th September 2018, a case was won for the decriminalization of Article 377 by the duo Menaka Guruswamy and Arundhati Katju.
The two strong women also came out as a couple a year later in an interview with CNN. This case, besides being a personal victory became a turning point in the life of the two lawyers on the professional front as the prestigious TIME magazine listed them under the 100 most influential people for 2019.
The victory has been as big as the years that the case was put under scrutiny. This monumental decision has not only brought people outside of their closet but also gave them a status irrespective of their beliefs. India still has a long way to go, but as the saying goes ‘baby steps.’ With this news, a lot of people opened up about their sexual orientations, including, Indian sprinter and national champion in 100 meter’s (women), has also proudly admitted to being lesbian and been our country’s first openly queer female athlete.
On the auspicious occasion, the celebrities and important people came forward to talk about their feelings on completion of a year as a country who believes, love is love.
Mrunal Jain– Indian Television and Bollywood Actor
“It is fantastic to know sec 377 eradication completed 1 year. Live and let live is the best policy.”
Mohammad Nazim– Indian model and Television Actor
“It is fantastic. Time flies. The verdict it seems was passed just yesterday. Peace and harmony is the motto.”
Jasmin Bhasin– Television actress a.k.a Happy from Dil to Happy hai ji
“People are at peace and that counts. India is a progressive nation. LGBTQI community people are surely happy and acceptance has made a difference in their lives.”
Ankit Bathla– Indian Television Actor
“We have completed one year of 377 and it is absolutely amazing as it’s one step closer to development. Just like men and women are equal and we all pledge to make our personal choices, so sexuality is also our own personal choice and it is amazing to see the that the country is supporting each one’s personal choice. “
Shashank Vyas– Television actor and successful model from Colors’ Roop Mard ka Swaroop
“It was a big relief for the LGBTQ+ community. The acceptance surely gives security feeling and everyone has the right to live as they want to. We have become progressive in our thoughts and actions.”
Keshav Suri-The Executive Director of the Group and the founder of the Keshav Suri Foundation (KSF) and he was one of the petitioners who filed the PIL in Supreme Court
“Like the entire country celebrates August 15 as Independence Day, September 6 is the freedom day for people of the LGBTQ+ community. Taking one step at a time, we won this battle, after years of struggle. Kitty Su with its inclusive practices and events has turned into a movement and we through Freedom Tour, want to unite people, encourage them to love and shed their biases – regional, religious, sexual or any other.”
Ashish Trivedi– Television Actor
Every individual has their own choices and it’s their fundamental right too. How can you assume anyone a criminal on the basis of their sexuality? LGBT community has the same rights as of any ordinary citizen. Respect for each other’s right but it still needs social solutions. Thumbs up to our Supreme Court and law.”
Faraz Arif Ansari– Director of Sheer Qorma, an upcoming Bollywood queer movie that stars Shabana Azmi, Divya Dutta and Swara Bhasker in lead
“None of us are free until all of us are free. Until we get equal rights, equal treatment for the entire LGBTQIA+ community, especially for our trans sisters and trans brothers, 6th of September should serve as a reminder that we, as a community, have miles to go. This is not a time to rejoice. It is a time to come together, stand united and fight until we are all free. Freedom is plural.”
Ira Sone – Television Actress
“It is okay to love who you love and it was long overdue to allow people to choose their partners regardless of the gender, regardless of colour regardless of anything else but the feeling of love because that is what survives and that is what gets two people going. It’s so good to see so many people now not living in a closet not living in certain shame and being happy and in the end, what matters is to be happy. I am so proud of the government to raise section 377 and now it has completed a year. So, kudos to all those who are brave enough to love who they love and live the way they want to. Also, I can’t imagine how for so many years people have lived with a dual personality and people have lived with a certain fear and kept their love behind closed doors, so it is finally it is celebration time for the LGBT community because love is love.”
Shreya Sabharwal – The founder and owner at Square Fork Digital Marketing and PR agency
“I believe it is a proud moment for us that we have successfully completed a year on the success which was long overdue. Though, it was a progressive step yet the society is in the process of acclimatizing and the complete acceptance seems missing. We need to be more liberal with our minds and thoughts before we should infuse ourselves in the rainbow of festivity. I am really looking forward when LGBT people will be walking freely and they will be confident enough to voice their opinions without the fear of being judged on any parameter.”
Anjum Chopra – Former Cricketer and Captain of Women Indian Cricket Team
“In my belief, in a world that is constantly trying to make you someone else, it is the greatest accomplishment for the one to be yourself. A big congratulations to the LGBT community, stay strong and live your life positively.”
This a remarkably forward decision for India as a nation and the country wholeheartedly thanks to the Supreme Court in taking such a monumental decision. To love is bold, but to love who you want to love is rock solid.