As Congress MP Shashi Tharoor readies to introduce a Bill seeking amendment of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code — decriminalising homosexuality — in the Parliament today, mid-day spoke to various organisations and LGBT rights activists yesterday to gauge their reactions.
Almost everyone said they were happy as well as sceptical about the reaction the Bill might generate in the House. Tharoor said, “The Bill will be introduced in the house and the discussion shall take place in the next session.”
Harish Iyer, equal rights activist
I hope we are given a hearing. I wish the Bill is discussed in the Parliament. Though I’m shrouded in pessimism regarding the reactions of various people in this government pertaining Section 377, I can’t deny that ‘personal views’ of our finance minister give fillip to our hopes once again. We truly hope for a free India.
Vikram Doctor, founder of Gay Bombay
Considering the ongoing uproar in the House, I’m unsure whether the Bill will be introduced. However, it’s a good thing that the issue will at least be discussed. In Singapore also the issue was discussed, debated and they opposed to change the rule. We hope here the law is changed and rights are given to us.
Pallav Patankar, director of Humsafar Trust
At least the Bill is coming up for discussion. Though the finance minister has supported us, his party has opposed it and the prime minister has been non-committal on the issue as well. The Bill will make it clear who supports us and who is against us.