With the honourable Supreme Court's Tuesday verdict against the decriminalization of gay sex, filmmaker Onir who has been fighting a long and arduous battle against the criminalization of gay sex, is seriously considering leaving the country for good.
Speaking after the honourable Supreme Court's verdict on Tuesday, Onir said, "Honestly I am not surprised by the verdict. But I am still deeply disheartened. To accept the Supreme Court's verdict is to accept oneself as a criminal. My life cannot be put on hold forever because of an archaic law. I cannot and will not accept this law. I wonder how many more years before I am not considered a criminal in my own country. Voluntary exile seems to be the answer."
"And the law is applicable not only to same-gender sex. IPC 377 prohibits non-procreational consensual sex between any two adults. That means you can have sex in this country only to have a baby," observes Onir.
But exiled Indian artistes have never been happy. M F Hussain died a very unhappy man.
"But I am not happy now over here in India either. This is not looking good. Our honourable Supreme Court wants to teach me to lie. And if I don't lie I'll be held for contempt of court. I can't live a lie."