Is it all clear??
Is it all clear??
The year 2018 witnessed a big change. Change that touched and affected a lot of people in their social as well as personal lives. Indian system of law had to go through an evolving phase in this year. It's not only about the actions placed through law against criminal acts and abuses but also about having equality.
Article 377 was abolished on the grounds of serving equality to all. The Indian judiciary legalised the relationships between homosexuals from this year. Well what makes it a reason to cheer up is the fact that it initiated equality in real sense. The biggest democracy in the world took more than a century to reframe and understand the concept of homosexuality until 6 September 2018. Though the colonial government implented this rule, they themselves abolished and decriminalised homosexuality in 1961im their motherland. While in India, the law was brought to the notice for discussion and amendment in 2004, it still managed to survive and make it to another 13 years!
Term it as failure of democracy or inability to rationally think resulting in labeling it as criminal offense and to add to it the cultural and traditional taboos made it sure that the law remains an untouched and unchanged sentence written in the pages of Indian penal code.
Now that the article is scrapped and no more considers homosexuality a criminal act, is the society really ready to accept the same? The thought that initiates this thought is the current status of caste system and honour killings. Even while the law has abolished caste system and have put across a strict action protocal against honour killings, we still witness cases and haven't got over the caste system till date.
Though the fruits of the struggle for legalising homosexuality brought equality, it seems to be having hard time to make it's way into the mind of society.
It can be basically termed as a 'taboo', and taboos are actually born because the society is unable to demolish them and the bits and pieces of them still survive in the mind of people. Even while the court made the necessary changes , we still need awareness regarding the same and also an attitude to accept the homosexuals as a normal part of our lives.
There is no point to simply get the ink carve words of law into the book of laws, we also need enough power and ways to put laws into action.
And as far as I have observed and many of you must have done as well, that the best way of creating awareness is media. Unlike other regular acts and laws, this needs awareness and distribution of necessary knowledge among the masses because in a crowd of 100 we would still find 1-5 people who would claim not to know what homosexuality is, what is the struggle and how we as a nation have been rude towards a part of nature that we should have accepted way back.
Acceptance is still a dependant factor of perception and perceptions are grown most of the times out of stereotypes. Law destroy stereotypes and awaken masses for the reality and pure justice unlike in the case of article 377, where the law actually was carried away with the stereotype and hence it would be difficult for the citizens to take up the change speedily.
Hence not unless the knowledge of the act, it's what and how is rooted in to the education system to create considerable awareness and through media to regenerate supportive thoughts about the law, the act 377 will remain alive in the society.
A change is good, but making sure that it is put into action investing the whole and soul into it is equally important.
Lets start the change from our own thoughts and strive towards making the society equal for all!
Live and let live!
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