Scrap Section 3771 min read . Updated: 01 Dec 2015, 01:43 AM IST
The govt can send a strong signal that India is not the intolerant country it is increasingly being portrayed as
Arun Jaitley did well last week to say that the 2011 Supreme Court verdict banning gay sex is not in accordance with evolving jurisprudence. He called on the court to reconsider its decision, which overturned an earlier one by the Delhi high court. Jaitley should now convince his cabinet colleagues, including the prime minister, to introduce legislation quashing the very Victorian Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.
The government needs to build a coalition across party lines. Shashi Tharoor has already said he will be introducing a private member’s bill to end Section 377. Cooperation will be needed to take on conservatives within the Bharatiya Janata Party as well as parties such as the Samajwadi Party. The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community deserves legal protection for its choices. And the government can also send a strong signal that India is not the intolerant country it is increasingly being portrayed as.