Mumbai: In recent times, the issue of legalisation of homosexuality is one that has been greatly discussed and debated, with the latest colour being added to it by the home ministry. Recently, their branding of gay sex as ‘immoral’ and ‘against social order’ has drawn devastating criticism from all terrains of the country. Actor Hrithik Roshan, too, raised his voice against the demeaning statements made by the home ministry.
While Additional Social General PP Malhotra’s argument against leagalisation of homosexuality drew sharp stares and gasps from the intelligentsia and commoners alike, actor Hrithik Roshan slammed the same by saying, “Discrimination against homosexuals is exactly that - discrimination. And ANY form of discrimination is WRONG. It`s taken us hundreds of years to evolve as a society and realize how ridiculous and preposterous discrimination against race/caste is. How many more years is it going to take us to be mature enough and learn to accept individual sexual inclination? Perhaps the starting point is to understand that homosexuality is NOT a matter of choice.”
ASG PP Malhotra had earlier argued that the society in India is not the same as that in other countries, and that there was “a high chance of spreading of diseases through such acts (gay sex)”. Hrithik went on to elaborate on homosexuality, “You cannot choose to be gay just because your friends are or vice versa. You cannot force someone to be attracted to someone they are not attracted to. It is perhaps genetically encoded. One is basically hardwired to be or not be attracted to the same sex. Which means it is a part of your genetic characteristic. You are born that way. Which means it is a part of and in alignment with the delicate balance of all the nature around us. Also it has existed since the evolution of man, so how can something that is part of nature and has existed forever be considered immoral beats me!”
The actor added, “Some of the most artistic, creative, genius, gifted minds in the world have had a similar sexual orientation. Any society that does not offer freedom to human beings to live as they are, to pursue their dreams, to express themselves as part of the human race is basically a society still in the clutches of the dark ages.”