Sex is divine. Gay sex, a sin!

HYDERABAD: The Central Government may have at last changed its stance on homosexuality and withdrawn its opposition to gay sex, but what about public opinion? The city may be tolerant towards

Published: 23rd March 2012 02:56 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:40 PM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: The Central Government may have at last changed its stance on homosexuality and withdrawn its opposition to gay sex, but what about public opinion? The city may be tolerant towards the LGBT community but it appears that a majority are not ready to accept it as “normal behaviour.” In a random sample survey, it was found that the very idea of an “unnatural relationship” is repelling to many among both the educated and the uneducated.

“It is insane as well as a sin.

Such activities lead to transmission of AIDS.

People practising homosexuality, even if it’s behind closed doors, should be punished.

Sex between two people of the same sex is unacceptable,” fumed Someshwar Sharma, a cab driver.

Sharing similar views, Abdul Qadir, a waiter at a hotel, claimed, “sex is divine and it is meant for the continuation of the human race.

Anything beyond, be it between men or a man and an animal is offensive.” A few girls too seem concerned.

“Legalisation of gay sex in the country may lead to awkward moments in dayto- day life.

You may come across a stranger or a visitor, you say hi and may find him to be gay!” said Dhruti Choudhury, a software professional, laughing out loud.

However, not all are against the LGBT community.

Vikas Chauhan, a BPO employee, observed that the government should concentrate on spreading awareness before taking a decision either way.

“Considering the rising population and increasing HIV positive cases, for a start, the government should provide condoms free of cost and then, spread awareness about the LGBT community,” he opined.

Among the respondents were also some free thinkers who believe in Constitutional provisions and the principle of justice for all.

“The Constitution respects independent views and no one has the right to interfere in others’ private lives,” said Satheesh Challa, an artist.

According to him, India, despite being the largest democracy, is not ready to accept the minority LGBT community.

Countering that argument, Anjana KR, a nutrition student, argued that legalisation of such acts definitely goes against our culture.

“We speak of cutting down on ‘immorality’ in tv shows, serials etc all the time.

In that case, this should be banned too.

Since when did Indian culture become so tolerant of homosexuality? Even now, policemen advise that women should not leave home after 8 pm?,” asked Anjana.

N Bharath, a researcher, however felt the government move was a step in the right direction.

“There is a need for legal sanction to make the life of the LGBT community better,” he pointed out.

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