The Supreme Court verdict that effectively re-criminalised gay sex between even consenting adults, has generated a maelstrom of anger, disgust and disappointment. And as is the case with most recent issues, Twitter and Facebook have seen an outpouring of emotion.
The verdict is being seen as regressive and interfering, and an absolute infringement on the rights of liberty and equality that are enshrined in the Indian constitution. And as many social media users pointed out, it was also almost cruelly ironic, given that marital rape is still legal in Indian law.
The resonance of the issue was also reflected in the 'trending tags' section on Twitter where #Section377, #sec377, LGBT, Delhi HC and Supreme Court were all a part of the top India trends.
On Facebook as well, 'status' messages were dedicated to the issue. "I am criminal and so are you..." read one status message by a member of the LGBT community while another lamented, "I cannot believe it. oh my god...crawl back to the closet they say. what a shame!"
Others said that the "The Supreme Court should be held in contempt"
Here are some tweets on the issue:
The Supreme Court judgement on Article 377 is a step backwards towards barbarism and medievalism.
— Ramachandra Guha (@Ram_Guha) December 11, 2013
Just as shameful as the SC judgement is the deafening silence of politicians of all parties. The march of illiberalism continues in India. — Keshava D. Guha (@keshavaguha) December 11, 2013
— Sagarika Ghose (@sagarikaghose) December 11, 2013
— Gina Kholkar (@BabaJogeshwari) December 11, 2013
What a waste of education, Supreme Court! #Section377
— kabandi saikia (@kabandisaikia) December 11, 2013