Monday, September 18, 2006

Maybe You Could Talk About This Issue Next Time You Are On The Phone With The Guy From Dell With the Accent...

It must be international week at Fagats (the UN is in session people) but today we were taken by the news about the campaign in India to eliminate Section 377 of the Penal Code which outlaws “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal.” Famous Indian writers, artists, activists and Bollywood stars, led by author Vikram Seth, sent an open letter to the government calling for the "archaic and brutal law" to be struck down. The law has been routinely used by cops to blackmail gay couples caught in the act and stop HIV prevention work, and doesn’t help to put an end the rampant homophobia that exists nationwide. And this from the country that inspired “Bride and Prejudice” and “mango frooti.”

If our mom is any indication, we think Indian mothers might be the perfect group of people to get on board with this campaign. Their letter could read something like this:
Dear Government of India,

We don’t care who our son marries, as long as this person is a DOCTOR.

Love,
All Indian Mothers.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

love it

Gunn said...

Last year my Parsi bosses made a big point of mentioning that at the temple of Surya they had just visited the guide proposed that "Americans think they invented sex. Here carved on the wall is a woman having sex with another woman, a man having sex with another man and a woman having sex with ... a dog."
This latter coupling was apparently for 'medicinal purposes', but no further explanation was forthcoming.