"A dark day in history..." — Bollywood revolts against anti-gay judgement
In a sad turn of events, the Supreme Court in India on Wednesday held same gender consensual sex an offence, dealing a blow to gay activists who have fought for years for the chance to live openly in India's deeply conservative society.
Superstar Aamir Khan called the ruling 'violative' of basic human rights while gay filmmaker Onir called it "a dark day in the history of judiciary".
"I am most disappointed with this judgement. It feels very intolerant and violative of basic human rights. It's a shame," Aamir said in a statement.
Section 377 of the IPC holds that a same gender sexual relationship is against the order of nature and is an offence.
My Brother…Nikhil director Onir, who's openly gay, expressed his views on Twitter:
"A dark day in the history of judiciary and human rights in India. I am angry by the Supreme Court ruling on IPC 377."
Actor-producer John Abraham, who played a cross-dresser in Vishal Bhardwaj's 7 Khoon Maaf, is also disappointed by the decision.
"India has harboured archaic prejudices once again. The Supreme Court has criminalised homosexuality," John tweeted post the judgement.
"Extremely regressive to suppress the basic rights of #LGBT. Those who talk of protecting our culture should first try and protect our girls," tweeted Vivek Oberoi.
Top filmmaker Karan Johar too echoed a similar sentiment:
"#Sec377 is not just a violation of human rights but also makes democracy seem like a mirage in our country...."
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