Kolkata, Jan 26: Slamming the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding Indian Penal Code’s (IPC)section 377, criminalising gay sex, celebrated author Vikram Seth Sunday said the judgement was “ethically hollow and intellectually shallow.”
“Just because a population is miniscule do you forgo their fundamental rights? Its ethically hollow and intellectually shallow,” he said during a session at the third Kolkata Literary Meet here.
The “A Suitable Boy” author has been open about his criticism to the ruling.
At the lit meet, the 61-year-old Padma Shri recipient passionately iterated that the law has brought homophobia into the nation and “not sexuality.”
“377 is a foreign law. It is homophobia that came in with the law, not homosexuality. It’s a part of our history till 1861. After the law was created, there was no turning back.”