Originally published on Firstpost on December 29, 2013.
On December 11, 2013, like many others around the world, I was struck by the news that enjoying bodily intimacy for people of the same biological sex is once again a criminal offence in India, even between consenting adults. This, after the Supreme Court decision that set aside a previous Delhi High Court judgment reading down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. The Supreme Court’s reasoning was, for me, the dystopian version of Proust’s madeleine: the bitter bite that took me back to forgotten days as a law student. Read more