Leila Seth is former Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh and the author of a memoir, On Balance. (March 2014)

IN THE REVIEW

India: You’re Criminal If Gay

Varanasi, India; photograph by Raghu Rai
My eldest son, Vikram, is now a criminal, an unapprehended felon. This is because, like many millions of other Indians, he is gay; and last month, two judges of the Supreme Court overturned the judgment of two judges of the Delhi High Court that, four years ago, decriminalized homosexuality. Now, once again, if Vikram falls in love with another man, he will be committing a crime punishable by imprisonment for life if he expresses his love physically. The Supreme Court judgment means that he would have to be celibate for the rest of his life or else leave the country where he was born, to which he belongs, and which he loves more than any other.