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I salute the gay rights activists

I have quiet a few gay friends and I am very happy for them that this draconian law has been abolished and their relationships have been granted dignity. Madhur Bhandarkar writes...

entertainment Updated: Jul 07, 2009 21:44 IST
Madhur Bhandarkar

By the time you read this, half of India would already have reacted to the decriminalisation of Section 377 by the Delhi High Court.

This verdict shows that Indians are finally becoming mature and accepting the fact that homosexuality has always been much a part of our society. It was only pushed into dark alleys for 145 years for lack of acceptance.

That this right that has been awarded to homosexuals is not a a miracle or a freebie from the Delhi High Court. It is the accordance of a basic right for homosexuals to live on their own terms.

I salute the gay rights activists who stood strong and did not succumb to rules made by the uninformed. For some strange reason when Fashion released some sections of the media said that my films had reflected homophobia. I tried to make my stand clear; that in no way was I trying to make a statement against the homosexual population. My intention was never to caricature or stereotype them.

I have quiet a few gay friends and I am very happy for them that this draconian law has been abolished and their
relationships have been granted dignity.

Every era has seen the abolishment of a draconian ritual or a tradition, let this era be known for the end of a law that did not allow people the choice to be different.

This country has always welcomed change with open arms and there is no reason why should it not do the same for its own citizens and award them their basic right to live and love as responsible adults.

There’s a long way to go and this is the beginning for the gay movement — a movement for change and acceptance in the larger society.