Reactions on Twitter to the Supreme Court judgment on gay sex

December 11, 2013

The Supreme Court on Wednesday threw out a 2009 ruling by a lower court that had decriminalised gay sex in India, in a major setback for the cause of gay rights in the world’s largest democracy. For full story, click http://reut.rs/18TsR0U

Here are some reactions from India on Twitter (lightly edited for clarity):

Shashi Tharoor, Congress minister
The Supreme Court has urged Parliament to delete Section 377 from the statute book. As an MP, I am strongly in favour of doing so.

Shruti Haasan, actress
Second 377, it’s frightening how someone else decides how, when and who you should love – basically freedom of choice isn’t legal anymore.

Taslima Nasreen, writer
India banned love. Shame! Shame! India celebrated Human Rights Day yesterday. Today India passed the verdict against Human Rights to have consensual sex.

Chetan Bhagat, writer
We are going to put cops behind gay couples. That’s the India we are supposed to create in the 21st century? Criminalizing a sexual preference other than your own is the issue. Whether you like gay people or not, they can’t be deemed criminals.

Farhan Akhtar, actor and director
The Supreme Court got it wrong today.

Vir Das, comedian
Today is 11.12.13. Unless you work in our Supreme Court, in which case it’s the year 1826.

Anushka Sharma, actress
So disappointed with the SC verdict. Freedom is such a deceptive term. Rights are an ambiguous mystery.

Mia Farrow, actress
Very dark day for freedom and human rights as Indian Supreme Court rules to criminalize homosexuality.

Celina Jaitly, actress
Laws are meant to protect people. However, this law 377 will be used to blackmail, abuse, violate, humiliate people.

Neha Dhupia, actress
How can love be illegal?

Rahul Bose, actor
So much for those believing the judiciary is ‘the last bastion of common sense’ in this country.

Anupam Kher, actor
We obviously don’t believe in EQUAL Rights even in the Times when we send Mangalyaan to Mars.

Tushar A. Gandhi, author
May disappoint gay community but Supreme Court verdict is correct. Judiciary must not make or negate laws. They may recommend not order.

RPN Singh, Congress minister
In my personal opinion, the state must not interfere in two consenting adults’ private lives.

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I am disappointed but not surprised, having done decades of research in rural India, where villagers claimed that there were no gays in their community. No matter how I tried to elicit information, even from my close fieldworkers, there was embarrassment,silence and denial. I wrote several articles on community stigma in rural India – see my website with links ruralindiawomencvlassoff.com. When is India going to waken up to the reality of today’s world and human rights commitments?

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