Monday, 23 January 2017

Tiptoe into my parlour - The Eastern Eye: Column by Dr.Utpal K Banerjee

In this day and age, with the onslaught of artificial intelligence, when the humanoid robot is being considered for ‘de facto’ as well as  ‘de juro’ recognition as an ‘electronic person’, how  anachronistic would it seem to have the entire LGBT community to be derided and detested for their third-gender orientation and legally recognized only as non-persons? It would appear that way back in 1860, the British – as part of their colonizing effort -- introduced a standardised Indian Penal Code which replaced, among other things, a tolerant Indian attitude to sexuality with a highly moralistic and hostile Judaic-Christian one. Section 377 of the IPC was the legacy of an archaic law against “unnatural” offences and stated: “Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal shall be punished with imprisonment for life…”

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