Unruly desires, gay governance and the makeover of sexuality in postcolonial India

Kapur, Ratna (2015) Unruly desires, gay governance and the makeover of sexuality in postcolonial India. In: Global Justice and Desire: Queering Economy. Taylor and Francis Inc., London, pp. 115-131. ISBN 9781315884165

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The contemporary moment in queer activism in postcolonial India is marked by two contradictory events. The first is the 2009 historic victory in the Naz Foundation decision where the Delhi High Court decided to read down the provisions of section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860, that criminalizes sodomy, holding that it was inapplicable to consensual adult sexual relationships.1 There was jubilation in the courtroom and celebration in the streets. In the days following the High Court’s pronouncement, gays and lesbians around India openly declared their sexuality and interpreted the victory as enabling marriage. Couples began to take vows and exchange garlands in a ritual that marked their passage into acceptance and legitimacy.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Gay | Governance | Sexuality | Postcolonial India
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Gender Studies
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Human Rights
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Mr Sombir Dahiya
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2022 10:23
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2022 10:23
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315884165
Additional Information: I am grateful to the participants at the international conference on Desiring Just Economies/Just Economies of Desire, in Berlin, 24–26 June 2010, for their inputs on an earlier version of this chapter as well as to the editors for their feedback. Thanks to Apurva Tripathi and Darshan Datar for their very able research assistance.
URI: https://pure.jgu.edu.in/id/eprint/759


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