The central government, NGO Naz Foundation and others had recently forwarded a plea to the Supreme Court for the review of its December 11, 2013 verdict holding homosexuality to be an offense, which was immediately rejected. Following this, actor and gay rights activist Celina Jaitly is extremely shocked at the verdict.
The actress who is currently in Singapore with her husband and twin babies, said, “The honourable court has rejected the petition as it found no merit in it… No merit in it? Millions of lives are at stake and the court finds no merit in the petition?”
“People with gay tendencies cannot be held guilty for going against the order of Nature. Who decides what the order of Nature is? To me child marriages and marital rapes are unnatural,” she added.
However, Celina is still hopeful that some day homosexuality will be legalized.
“I hope Parliament will address the issue and all the political parties, regardless of their political and religious affiliation, will come together to uphold the constitutional guarantee of life and liberty to all citizens. And that includes those affected directly by Tuesday’s judgment.”
The actress also extended her sympathies to the entire gay community in India.
“Thousands from the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community came out in the open to protest when their sexual identity was challenged during the past four years. And that too after the Delhi High Court had decriminalized gay sex.
“Now the gay community is back to Square One. They face the threat of being prosecuted for choosing the partners that they want. I can’t think of a greater injustice,” she said.