Persons of the Week: The Anti-Gay Crusaders Who Supported Section 377

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Persons of the Week: The Anti-Gay Crusaders Who Supported Section 377

Illustration: Arati Gujar

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ot all superheroes wear capes. Some wear a judge’s robe, and their base of operations isn’t the Batcave, but the Supreme Court of India. The five judges who comprised the bench that struck down Section 377 this week, have done more to bring Acche Din for Indians than… well, any government we’ve had in the last couple of decades. But if every dark cloud has a silver lining, then the reverse must also be true. The Supreme Court’s verdict was a silver cloud, now let’s meet the people who are the dark linings — our joint winners for Person of the Week!

Have you heard the joke where a Hindu, a Muslim, and a Christian and walk into a courtroom to argue against gay rights? There’s no punchline to it, because the joke is on them. Back in 2016, when the Supreme Court made the decision to revisit its 2013 ruling that upheld Section 377, the leaders of religious bodies found themselves in agreement for once. It turns out, dogma is dogma, whatever you believe in.

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