60 years old Dr. Srinivas Ramchandra Siras, of Aligarh Muslim University was suspended from his job after some students taped him having consensual gay sex. 2 months later, he was found dead. He was a divorced man with no family or friends, and his life spanning over 60 years ended in shame and disgrace!
One question that has to be clearly addressed here is that, one doesn’t choose to be homosexual or bisexual. It’s like choosing banishment from his dear ones. One doesn’t choose to be straight either. It is ‘nature’ that decides who is homosexual and who is straight. And it is the law of nature to create diversity, and also to balance things out. Why is it so difficult to think that nature intended it this way? Why not respect nature and be nice and respectful towards each other, as equals? Nature doesn’t discriminate, nor does the law- why should we?
The university’s decision to suspend the professor was a sure shot violation the Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which allows consensual homosexual activities between adults. The professor chose not to fight against the university’s decision, instead left quietly to return to his hometown and then ended his life. This should be marked a dark episode in the history of this country’s liberation movement.