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SC’s 377 ruling hollow, shallow: Vikram Seth


Kolkata, Jan 26 :

Slamming the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding Indian Penal Code’s (IPC)section 377, criminalising gay sex, celebrated author Vikram Seth Sunday said the judgement was “ethically hollow and intellectually shallow.”

Vikram Seth
Vikram Seth

“Just because a population is miniscule do you forgo their fundamental rights? Its ethically hollow and intellectually shallow,” he said during a session at the third Kolkata Literary Meet here.

The “A Suitable Boy” author has been open about his criticism to the ruling.

At the lit meet, the 61-year-old Padma Shri recipient passionately iterated that the law has brought homophobia into the nation and “not sexuality.”

“377 is a foreign law. It is homophobia that came in with the law, not homosexuality. It’s a part of our history till 1861. After the law was created, there was no turning back.