“…miniscule fraction of the country’s population constitute lesbians, gays, bisexuals or transgenders…” (page 83, para 43 of the Supreme Court judgment that recriminalises sexual minorities)
I write this article two days after the first anniversary of the 16 December Delhi gangrape case. I wasn’t present in the city during this time last year but the outrage that followed shook the political foundations of the entire country. People were out on the streets demanding better safety for women and stronger laws. Politicians across ideology joined in the chorus. Within days the government was forced to bring in a strong ordinance, which later became a law. Whether things have improved for the ‘weaker’ sex is still debatable but what is more important is that almost the entire country stood up and spoke in one clear voice. A year later, the highest court of the land recriminalised yet another ‘weaker’ sex — in this case sexual minorities — in the process reinstating a British law of a long-forgotten Victorian era. Forget about safety or protective legislations, the law of the land refuses to even accept them as equal citizens. The operative word here becomes, for all practical purposes, not ‘weaker’ but ‘criminal’.
The Supreme Court judgment did not see any storming of Rajpath; there were no candle light vigils, none of the overwhelming outpouring of youth on the streets of cities and towns. The ‘community’, which the Supreme Court judgment calls ‘miniscule’, gathered at Jantar Mantar in Delhi and other venues in other metropolises along with an equally ‘miniscule’ number of heterosexual supporters. A ‘miniscule’ number of celebrities attended these protests and the media did its own bit by giving the protests and the issue some coverage, though, of course, the focus was more on the celebrities.
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