Naz and After

by Les-what?   In 2008, when a two-judge bench of the Delhi High Court delivered a judgment decriminalizing ‘carnal intercourse against the order of nature’[1], I was thirteen years old and had scarcely begun to grapple with the uneasy awareness of my incipient sexuality. The newspaper was emblazoned with uncharacteristically vibrant images the morning after…

The Fall of 66A

As many of you must have heard by now, Section 66A of the IT Act has been struck down by the Supreme Court. This article is to try and explain to those less aware about it, the significance of this event, the history of the section, and why its demise is being widely celebrated. The…

Opening the Closet, Inch by Inch

I was in Mumbai on an internship recently, and had the opportunity of making an acquaintance with a friend of a co-intern. Let’s call him Sunny Leone to protect his identity. It was a beautiful winter’s evening in Mumbai, and as cold as winter could get in a usually hot and humid town (the temperature…

Move over, Ranjit Udeshi: The SC on Obscenity

The case of Aveek Sarkar v. State of West Bengal, decided on February 3, 2014, is a (liberal) step ahead by the Indian higher judiciary in interpreting obscenity. The criminal case, filed under sections 292 of the IPC and 4 of the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986, was filed by a Kolkata-based advocate…