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You too violate 377: Akhil Katyal's poem lays bare India's hypocrisy

'When both of you use a toy, and all the world's a blur...'

 |  1-minute read |   02-02-2016
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Girl, when you

blow your boy,

or boy, when

you go down

on her, or when

both of you use

a toy, and all the

world's a blur,

I know it feels

like heaven, you

too violate 377.

 

Also read: Set India free, SC needs to rid 'British morality' of Section 377

The Supreme Court of India is set to hear a curative petition today against its 2013 judgment that upheld the constitutional validity of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. In 2009, the Delhi High Court had repealed this draconian law that criminalises unnatural sexual intercourse but was soon overturned by the apex court four years later. Today's hearing is being termed as the last resort for the country's LGBT community as far as judicial options are concerned after which only Parliament can decide to offer any resolution.

Like all things wrong with the Indian state's superstructure, Section 377 too is a fallout of British colonial (mis)appropriation of the sociocultural discourse of its colonies that continued bureaucratically for more than a century without substantial intervention. Read more here.

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