Ironically, as pointed out by Harish Iyer, a gay rights activist, Section 377 was introduced in India during the British rule, which at that time prohibited 'unnatural sex'. So when asked how he feels about the bill being passed in the UK, he replies, “It is a positive sign as some change is happening in the United Kingdom, which is one of the most conservative countries. I feel that as a country India is not far behind and we are fighting.”
He also pointed out that in India legalities were not the main focus now as sensitization of the society is of paramount importance. He adds, “In an ideal world, two people in love should be able to marry, irrespective of their gender, creed, caste. They should have inheritance law, adoption law and divorce law but reality is different. So our immediate concern is awareness and what I love about this generation is that it is a talking generation.”
Arijit Banerjee, who is an ardent football player, a bisexual and has a steady girlfriend feels that India still needs to grow up and become mature. He believes it is still regressive when it comes to the gay people as he himself has not being able to come out of the closet to his own girlfriend.
He feels that legality is not India's immediate concern but the fact that people should accept gays. Talking about the law, he feels, “A lot of changes have to happen if marriage is legalised in India. A number of other laws such as domestic violence, marital rape have to be revisited. And frankly speaking the society is not ready. Taboos should go away before any law exists.”
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