Bollywood stars condemn India's criminalization of homosexuality
While much attention has focused on Russia's antigay legislation in the leadup to the Winter Olympics, India has also moved in an unfortunate similar direction when it comes to LGBT rights.
On December 11, India's Supreme Court overturned a 2009 lower court decision to decriminalize homosexuality. The controversial ruling is a major blow to LGBT rights in the South Asian country.
According to Section 377, a same-sex relationship is an "unnatural offence" and is punishable by a 10-year jail term. The law is 153 years old, dating from the country's colonial era.
The 2009 New Delhi High Court ruling stated that the law violated basic human rights. The decision faced backlash from conservative and religious groups.
While LGBT rights activists have vowed to fight the Supreme Court ruling, numerous Bollywood stars also took to Twitter to express their disappointment and disbelief.
I am most disappointed with this judgement. It feels very intolerant and violative of basic human rights. Its a shame.— Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) December 11, 2013
Su much for those believing the judiciary is 'the last bastion of common sense' in this country. #Section377— Rahul Bose (@RahulBose1) December 11, 2013
So disappointed with the SC verdict . Freedom is such a deceptive term . Rights are an ambiguous mystery #scrap377— ANUSHKA SHARMA (@AnushkaSharma) December 11, 2013
Second 377 its frightening how someone else decides how when and who you should love -basically freedom of choice isn't legal anymore :(— shruti haasan (@shrutihaasan) December 11, 2013
How can love be illegal ? #Section377— Neha Dhupia (@NehaDhupia) December 11, 2013
The Supreme Court got it wrong today. #Sec377— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) December 11, 2013
#Sec377 is not just a violation of human rights but also makes democracy seem like a mirage in our country....— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) December 11, 2013
Indian law- you are a minor,you can't be convicted of rape charges. New Indian law- omg, hang him, he's Gay. Bloody f idiots— Esha Gupta (@eshagupta2811) December 11, 2013