What after 377?

So far, the rule of thumb in India has been to remain invisible in times of persecution. During Hindu-Muslim riots, Muslims would change their names to avoid being butchered. Dalits learnt to hide their surnames or change their religion to free themselves from an oppressive system that had religious sanction. The more visible you made yourself in times of adversity, the more vulnerable you made yourself. It is a self-perpetuating role-play between the persecutor and victim. Being a minority means being a victim, and being a majority automatically means being a persecutor… In such a scenario, most sexual minorities survived by simply staying underground. As a survival instinct, many pretend to be heterosexual or simply don’t wish to make public their sexual orientation.

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