The Supreme Court of India has started hearing on the petitions filed against the Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code on July 10. For the uninitiated, the Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code criminalizes homosexual activities. Back in 2009, the Delhi High Court had held the Section 377 of the IPC unconstitutional but in 2013, the Supreme Court of India restored a sexual relationship between two persons of the same sex as a criminal offense. Ahead of the hearing of fresh petitions filed against the ruling, BJP leader and member of Rajya Sabha, Subramanian Swamy has made statements against homosexuality that have shocked a large section of people.
Subramanian Swamy is one of the most popular leaders of the Bhartiya Janta Party and is also one of the most followed political figures of India on the social media. Thus his statements have been condemned by a large section people, some of who have even anticipated that it could give a major setback to BJP’s image.
Ahead of the SC’s first hearing, Subramanian Swamy termed homosexuality as abnormal. The Economic Times quoted him saying:
“Sex with person of the same sex is unnatural. In Hindu tradition, we have been sympathetic to there plight. But we have never allowed them to celebrate it and to say that it is a matter of choice.”
The politician called homosexuality a genetic flaw and something that should not be celebrated. However, he went on to say that people should not be discriminated against in their social lives and economic matters because of their sexual orientation. But at the same time, he maintained:
“There is no other flaw in them other than this. And also I am against police going into somebody’s bedroom to check whether a person is male or female.”
It is not a normal thing. We cannot celebrate it. It’s against Hindutva. We should invest in medical research to see if it can be cured. Government should consider having a 7 or 9 judge bench: Subramanian Swamy on SC to begin hearing the pleas seeking scrapping of #Section377 pic.twitter.com/EsvCFzyPNZ
— ANI (@ANI) 10 July 2018
According to Swamy, acceptance of homosexuality would lead to the establishment of gay bars in India, which is something American investors have been wanting to do in India. But it looks like his statements have not gone very well with a large section of social media users. On the other hand, there are social media users who have strongly come up in Swamy’s support.
Here is how some people have condemned his statements:
I wonder how you all will be rid of this narrow minded problem of yours but then I realize you guys have no cure🙄🤷🏻♀️
— Piyu (@foolsglddarling) 10 July 2018
So they are just opportunists.
— Alok Verma 🇮🇳 (@IamAlok_INC) 10 July 2018
As much as I admire @Swamy39 he is wrong about this… our ancients celebrated all forms of sexuality, including homosexuality… remember it was Sakuni who brought down Bhishma… #Section377 should be scrapped ASAP pic.twitter.com/SEkitduM53
— Upendra M Pradhan (@Jorebungley) 10 July 2018
It is a perfectly normal thing to be attracted to ANYBODY.
It’s not against Hindutva.
We should invest in medical research to see if narrow mindedness can be cured.
Government should consider penalizing homophobia 😡
— Am I Write? (@WordsSlay) 10 July 2018
Facts should be corrected. Hindu culture has accommodated all variations of sexuality in past. In current science, psychiatrist had made their stand clear “it’s not disease/disorder”. Another corrective reference: https://t.co/L0Fsc45UCI @swamy39
— Dr. Ambrish (@iam_asd) 10 July 2018
Can we invest more in treatment of brainwashed jokers like swamy
— Saileena (@saileenas) 10 July 2018
There is crystal clear recognition of the third sex in Ayurvedic texts. Even in Vedic astrology, Budha (Mercury) belongs to the third gender. A real Hindu would recognise these facts. This shows @swamy39 is not a Hindu & Hindutva is against Hinduism. #Section377
— Statics Zero (@0statics0) 10 July 2018
And below are the tweets by people who have stood up in Swamy’s support:
— Spandan Sinha (@spandan888) 10 July 2018
This is the right reason. It is like billion dollar industry which will be opened in India because of this LGBT thing. This is NOT Good. Human being is supposed to evolve. The arguments are Human beings are compared to Animal Instincts to support LGBT claims. God Protect.
— #DivyaBhavyaShresthAkhandBhaarat (@ProfBurraPrasad) 10 July 2018
How many of the Indian #Parents will be happy,
If their son/daughter is gay/lesbian?🤔
Its against Indian culture & tradition,
India is not foreign country
— தமிழ் பரம்பரை (@TamilParambarai) 10 July 2018
LGBT forcefully imposing gay-ism on straight people is criminal. Their movement has gone from demanding sexual freedom to forcing gay-ism on straight people. In west, they have invaded education sector and teaching BS of thousands of genders making children gay from young age
— Not_on_My_Watch (@DevArya67056356) 10 July 2018
Do you agree or disagree with him?