After the judgment made by the supreme court on homosexuality legal in India by scrapping section 377 on 6th September, the entire country celebrated this historic moment. This is the unforgettable moment for few couples and among those Aligarh writers, Apurva Asrani is the one.
Asrani took to Facebook on September 10 to make his 11-year relationship with musician Siddhant Pillai official. By changing his profile picture on Facebook to one that has Apurva and Siddhant in front of the Eiffel Tower, the writer posted, “11 years of togetherness. We loved openly even when the law tried to stop us. The only difference now is that we can share our love with the world.”
After the Section 377 verdict, Asrani told a leading daily, “For too long, we have lived in a democracy that is unevenly applied. Because of what I do with another consenting adult in my private space, the law has been able to call me a criminal. So, my heterosexual brother, for example, has different rights from me. He can fall in love with a person of his choice get into a recognized union with her and then choose to adopt a child. I do not have any of those rights.”
“Heterosexual couples get respect by default. Even we want that,” he added.
“On September 6, 2018, the Supreme Court awarded us not just long-overdue recognition, it also issued an apology for the suffering we went through while justice was delayed. It gave us respect,” said the Aligarh writer.
Great right! After the judgment Social media is filled with comments in support.