After the row over his comment on sex education and promotion of condoms for protected sex, Harsh Vardhan on Thursday surprisingly favoured the rights of homosexuals. He said “Everybody, including gays, have human rights. It is the job of the government to protect their rights,”
according to a report by The Hindu.
BJP has always stood against legalising the section 377 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) which was introduced in 1871 during the British rule. The Act states that any sexual activity against the basic course of nature is a criminal offence including homosexuality.
With the changing times when people are becoming liberal with respect to their sexual preferences, criminalising homosexuality has certainly created more humiliation and societal pressures for homosexuals. Western countries however, are comparatively more flexible regarding an individual’s sexual choices. With the intensification of globalisation, gradually cultures and beliefs of many have become accommodative to the life choices of homosexuals.
According to the researches carried out by American Psychiatric Association followed by American Psychological Association, homosexuality is not a mental disorder but just a normal healthy variation of human’s sexual needs.
According to Sigmund Freud all humans are born bisexual but there are two parts of the human libido one is homosexual, the other is heterosexual and one takes power over the other. Generally people tend to choose heterosexuality due to societal repressions. However, if no societal prohibitions were imposed, people would choose which ever they found most suitable. Other famous sexologists as Havelock Ellis and Alfred Kinsey’s research also suggest that homosexuality is as normal as heterosexuality.
Nevertheless, despite these scientific arguments homosexuality still remains a taboo in the current societal scenario. Therefore, Section 377 of the IPC may not be legalized anytime soon. Though Vardhan’s comment is a positive sign coming from someone as him who previously had asked ban on sex education, nonetheless sympathetic comments cannot replace rights for this section of the society.
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