PUNE, India Thomson Reuters Foundation - After her son came out as gay, Sushma Samudra consulted astrologers, quizzed psychiatrists, performed prayers and implored gods and goddesses to cure his abnormality. Undeterred, she tasked her husband to feed a stray dog each morning with a roti generously coated with ghee, closely following the curative advice of an expert astrologer. Samudra can laugh now - recalling her naivety and the deranged detours taken en route - as she relaxed into a family interview at her home in Pune, about 90 miles from Mumbai.
Over the past decade, LGBT people have gained more and more tolerance and acceptance in India, especially in large cities. Although same-sex couples are not legally recognized currently by any form, performing a symbolic same-sex marriage is not prohibited under Indian law either. Sincetransgender people in India have been allowed to change their gender without sex reassignment surgeryand have a constitutional right to register themselves under a third gender.
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They draped themselves in rainbow flags in Bangalore and released balloons into the sky. In Patna, the dusty capital of the east Indian state of Bihar, Roshni did nothing. Six months agoa landmark judgment legalised the sex lives of an estimated million Indians.
But as dozens of activists celebrated on the lawns outside the court, the young woman wearing a short haircut and gold-rimmed spectacles remained in a corner with her friends, shooing news photographers away. She lives at home and is not ready to come out to her parents. Prosecutions under the law were rare, but many gay and transgender Indians said the law was sometimes used as a tool of intimidation and extortion.
The tide within Indian society is already turning. The Supreme Court's Section verdict will hopefully further propel acceptance of homosexuality in India. Chennai: As the Supreme Court of India has finally put an end to the criminalization of homosexuality under Section in India, data from opinion polls indicates that societal acceptance might still be some way off.
The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. Barring any major upset, India is set for a historic Supreme Court ruling that will overturn the law that criminalizes gay sex. The British Raj ended inbut India has ironically kept this policy, a relic of the rigid Victorian morality imposed on a country that had, at some points in its history, a more tolerant view of homosexuality.
Homosexuality in India has been a subject of discussion since ancient times to modern times. Hindu texts have taken positions regarding the homosexual characters and themes. Historical literary evidence indicates that homosexuality has been prevalent across the Indian subcontinent throughout history, and that homosexuals were not necessarily considered inferior in any way until about 18th century during British colonial rule.