Narendra Modi tweeted-
“Shocked at the shootout in Orlando, USA. My thoughts & prayers are with the bereaved families and the injured.”
Sir, your sympathy will be more meaningful if you atleast take steps for protection of LGBT community in our country. Many Indians are victims of hate crimes everyday.We hope you are shocked enough to scrap discriminatory and hateful section 377.
Apurva Asrani, national awardee filmmaker who has written critically acclaimed Aligarh (which highlighted the homophobia that pushed Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, a professor of Marathi at Aligarh Muslim University, to commit suicide) said, “It’s well known that Pulse was a gay nightclub and all the dead and injured are from the community. The silence from the PM on this count really hurts.”
He further added, “While Aligarh highlighted Professor Siras’ struggle, there are several Siras’ who die unsung. Collectively, India has so many Orlandos every year. What about them? The government shied from any mention to the community because it’ll have to face up to its own stand on the Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which criminalises homosexuality and is used to persecute the community.”
Roy Wadia, grandson of the Indian film industry pioneer JBH Wadia of Wadia Movietone and brother of the late LGBT activist and film-maker Riyad Wadia, told dna: “In this complex web of hate,, bigotry, terrorism, the more one fuels the fire with discriminatory, stigmatising, hateful speech and/or with laws that discriminate, persecute, condemn targeted at LGBTI individuals or any population/group for that matter — the more rhetoric and state-sanctioned ostracisation have a chance to lead to violence”