Best known for his films on same-sex relationships like ‘My Brother Nikhil’ and ‘I Am’, the director said it is a matter of grave concern that the largest democracy in the world is denying the LGBT community the constitutional rights to equality.
“I request the Supreme Court when they review the earlier ruling to take our lives, our dreams, our love under consideration. Do not turn us into criminals for all we wish to do is spread love and happiness,” Onir said. Sparking protests across the country, the Supreme Court had last month set aside the 2009 judgement of the Delhi High Court decriminalising gay sex. The Centre and gay rights activists have now moved a review petition in the apex court. “Why should anyone be bothered if two consenting adults chose to have a relationship? Why should the law tell me who and how am I allowed to love?,” Onir said adding that the queer community have been a part of Indian culture and civilisation as reflected through the artworks on temples of Konark and Khajuraho and the texts of Kamasutra. “Today we are destroying that by nurturing a regressive colonial law in form of IPC 377,” Onir wrote in the letter, adding that the law of the country cannot succumb to religion or to populist demands. If this law continues, millions of men and women will continue to live lives of lies, cheating themselves and their partner, said the director.