Photographer's Note

Short version:

Love has no boundaries, no rules and knows no law ...

Long version :)

Here, beyond the apparences, that may mislead some of you who look at this photo, there is not any expression of homosexuality. In the countries where the code of behaviour is the most strict, when it comes to demonstrations of public affection between men and women, the physical contacts are more frequent and warmer between persons of the same sex. So, you would often see two women holding hands, and two mens as well. (Much much more rarely, men and women together). No matter their age, no matter their religion, or their official functions. It is not rare, in India, to see two military or police officers holding hands exactly like these two friends, just by a sign of friendship. Without any equivocal. It is not specific to India, the same kind of attitude can be observed in Yemen and other countries too.

Actually, homosexuality is, in India as in many other countries, still often a taboo. Something to hide, something that can be punished. If not legally, the social pression does it well.

The consequences, if someone is found out to be an homosexual, can be dreadful for the families. The violence of the reactions is at the measure of the disgrace they imagine to face. It can be really dramatic. And the situation can be as dark for the women that love other women than for the men who love men. The social pression is strong, that pushes everyone to get married and to make babies. So, a different sexuality may be often seen as a direct threat to the harmony of the family, its perpetuation and the permanence of its way of life ( even if harmony through arranged marriages has not reached a climax, it is still very much established as an inescapable duty to fulfil; for each generation, as a minimum required to honour the family) . That is maybe one of the reasons why homesexuality encounters such an ostracism.

This, only to speak about the social pression. But, not only homosexuality is commonly considered like a deviance, by other people, for religious, cultural or social reasons, but the indian Law recognized it as a crime. It is considered a criminal offence under the section 377 of the Penal Code, written, it must be said, under the leadership of the British, that were ruling the country at this time (in 1860); a Law that, ironically, they themselves have repealed in UK in 1967, while it remained in effect in India. The law, targeting " whosoever has voluntarily a carnal intercourse against the order of nature with men, women or animal" declares that the offenders " shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or imprisonment for a term which may extend to 10 years, and shall be liable to fine.''

The High Court of Delhi has decriminalised homosexual intercourse between consenting adults, in 2009, judging that section unconstitutional (as it violates the fundamental right to life and liberty and the right to equality as guaranteed by the Constitution) but this may well take effect only in the jurisdiction of Delhi.

But, as lovers of all over the world may well know... Love has no rules and knows no laws ! :)

Picture taken in THE Monument of Love the most famous of the world : Taj Mahal...

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