On Sept. 6, India woke up to a historic verdict as the country’s Supreme Court abolished a part of Section 377 of its constitution, giving legitimacy to the sexual minorities and bringing the rainbow to majoritarian mind space.
Section 377 is an archaic law that was introduced during the British era in 1860s and makes consensual nonpenovaginal sex a crime for which the punishment can be a life term.
But, from Justice Chandrachud’s own words “decriminalising homosexuality is only the first step”, it can be asserted that the battle is far from won.
While this decision challenges the heteronormative toxic masculinity born out of Brahamanical and Abrahamic religions, it opens a Pandora’s box in its complete implementation and acceptance.
Dynt has been following the queer space for a while now as it works in order to paint a comprehensive picture of this struggle against gender and sexual apartheid which mimics India’s regressive caste system.