Gay Rights

In the light of the recent demonstrations by LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered), seeking rights and dignity at par with others, and the celebrations of the sexual minority on the likelihood of repeal to Section 377 of Indian Penal Code , let me invite your attention to the text of controversial 377 IPC
Section 377 of IPC says
Unnatural Offences – “Whoever voluntarily hascarnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.
Explanation – Penetration is sufficient to constitute the carnal intercourse necessary to the offence described in this Section. ”
I also agree to the demonstrators that it is time to end the social stigma to the LGBT. However I’m confused with the meaning and spirit of Section 377 IPC and its direct relation to gay rights. While it is necessary to stop viewing gays and lesbians as criminals, repeal of 377 IPC will have serious consequences.
Justice M F Saldanha, former judge of the Bombay and Karnataka High Court, who has had to make some judgments based on Section 377, says that says that the Union government has to deal with this issue very carefully and scrapping the law is not as easy as it is made out to be by some gay rights activists.
He Said “Look sex is a biological and from what I have been reading about this issue there is substance in what they are saying. Their contention that sex is biological and same sex relations are an individual’s preference. I don’t think that scapping this section will make any difference to gay rights. Tell me how many cases have been reported under this section. People with a different sexual orientation continue to do what they want and having this law makes no difference to them.”
” When I dealt with a case of sodomy of a child, I had only Section 377 under which I could convict the accused. This is.