Free.

They asked me what I wanted,
I shrugged and turned away.
They stomped off angrily, slamming the door,
Leaving me alone, dark, grey.

I looked around my room,
My abode of innumerable years.
With my fingernails’ impressions engraved on the walls,
The ravings of a lunatic’s fears.

There was a knock, I was jerked awake,
From my disturbed reverie.
I crouched down low, waiting for a harsh voice,
The silence merely hung heavily.

No shuffling of feet or stifling of a cough,
Gave the person away,
I gave up after a while, stared at the wall,
And began counting the days.

They passed like agonized seconds on a clock,
Bringing hope, fears and the need to be strong.
I could hear the people outside, their protests and slogans,
About how I was wrong.

The day finally arrived and I waited with bated breath,
Fervently hoping that my efforts would show.
They knocked again, opened the door, and said,
“It’s alright. You’re free to go.”

On July 3rd, 2009, the Delhi High Court, in a landmark judgement, struck down the provision of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalised consensual sexual acts of adults in private, holding that it violated the fundamental right of life and liberty and the right to equality as guaranteed in the Constitution.

“We hold that sexual orientation is a ground analogous to sex, and that discrimination on sexual orientation is not permitted under Article 15,” the judgment said.

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~ by cranialrumblings on July 4, 2009.

11 Responses to “Free.”

  1. cheers to that.
    the poem was beautiful. i feel it.

  2. amazing.. its so awesome that our country is finally going forward in time and learning tolerance of all kinds of people….

  3. @ kung foo fighting .. I wish that was true.

  4. Yeah, even though the act itself is legal now, it’ll take time for people’s mindsets to change. Some of the opinions expressed by people on the debate shows were frankly, quite shocking.
    They said things like, “Homosexuality is a disease”, “Gays need to be put through shock treatment”, “We will soon see how this decision will corrupt our children”.

    Still, it’s a start.

  5. simply loved it!! 🙂

  6. Well stated. Really. And I’m glad those in power in this country I call my home are finally waking up to the archaic idiocy we’ve been allowing ourselves to believe as our own. Times have changed, culture has transformed. Our laws and guidelines, along with thought processes have to keep up, lest we become an anarchist society, which at times seems the best thing to be these days. Democracy is our chosen path, and we must evolve to stay true to it.

  7. Well done Ani.

  8. the law’s been passed, but as everyone here has said, mindsets need to change. I want to SHOOT baba ramdev.

  9. Well written!

  10. MAN! ure writing alwayz does it…
    every time i read ure wrk i strt 2 appreciate writing on da whole… doesnt matter wht subject it is…
    & it takes me out of da rather selfish mode of mine dat makes me love my own writing alone…
    every time i read ure blog i feel like reading more blogs…
    HOW DO U DO DAT!

  11. anisha
    love what you are trying to express…and having fun while writing it as well. the imp issues in a healing titile ‘free’ and such gripping words.

    love ya
    god bless ya!

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