A mother and a judge speaks out on section 377by The Daily Eye Team January 28 2014, 12:53 pm Estimated Reading Time: 1 min, 6 secs
My name is Leila Seth. I am 83 years old. I have been in a long and happy marriage of more than sixty years with my husband Premo, and am the mother of three children. The eldest, Vikram, is a writer. The second, Shantum, is a Buddhist teacher. The third, Aradhana , is an artist and film-maker . I love them all. My husband and I have brought them up with the values we were brought up with – honesty, courage and sympathy for others. We know that they are hardworking and affectionate people, who are trying to do some good in the world.
But our eldest, Vikram, is now a criminal , an unapprehended felon. This is because , like many millions of other Indians, he is gay; and last month, two judges of the Supreme Court overturned the judgment of two judges of the Delhi High Court that, four years ago, decriminalized homosexuality . Now, once again, if Vikram falls in love with another man, he will be committing a crime punishable by imprisonment for life if he expresses his love physically. The Supreme Court judgment means that he would have to be celibate for the rest of his life – or else leave the country where he was born, to which he belongs, and which he loves more than any other.