March 18th, 2014
12:13 AM ET

What I'm reading: A mother speaks out on India's Section 377

By Fareed Zakaria

"What makes life meaningful is love. The right that makes us human is the right to love. To criminalize the expression of that right is profoundly cruel and inhumane," writes Leila Seth in the New York Review of Books following the Indian Supreme Court decision on the criminalization of homosexuality. "To acquiesce in such criminalization or, worse, to recriminalize it is to display the very opposite of compassion. To show exaggerated deference to a majoritarian Parliament when the matter is one of fundamental rights is to display judicial pusillanimity, for there is no doubt that in the constitutional scheme it is the judiciary that is the ultimate interpreter."

"A review petition is now up for hearing before one of the two original judges plus another, who will replace the now retired Justice Singhvi. It will be heard in chambers. No lawyers will be present."



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  1. chrissy

    I must say, as this is a country where women have so little rights i wouldnt think this would be the first one i would go for!?!

    March 19, 2014 at 8:18 am |
  2. kamran2576

    Hmmmm. It is very difficult in a country like India.

    February 7, 2018 at 8:52 am |

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