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377 is the first fiction of its kind involving Section 377 of Indian Penal Code. This archaic and repressive law criminalizes same sex relationships between two consenting adults. The book is written with a hope that it will be entertaining and informative at the same time and it will create awareness of this very important issue among all readers, irrespective of whether they are directly affected by Section 377 of IPC.

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Synopsis

Anushka Parashar is a doctor with a private practice in the field of infectious diseases. She is busy with her life, and happy with her aspiring-model-and-gym-trainer boyfriend, Yash.
Aneri Shah is a happy-go-lucky plastic surgeon, recently relocated from Mumbai to Delhi, as life goes on with her boyfriend and techie Abhinav, in tow.
A chance encounter changes their lives – but the changed lives aren't just the four of theirs. They embark on a journey that would change the course of the future of their nation and of the people. They take on a fight that is beyond the armchair, and call in question one of the world's oldest criminal legislations.

 

About Manish Jani

Manish Jani was born and brought up in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. After graduating as a Computer Engineer, he worked in Mumbai, Barbados and then San Francisco, for several years. He currently heads the Indian operations of a multi-national software product company and lives in Ahmedabad with his wife and two sons.

Although Manish identifies as a conservative family man, he strongly believes that freedom is an essential part of everyone's life. He believes that just like our laws protect the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion, they should also protect the freedom of choosing a life partner of either sex. Also, just like our laws prohibit discrimination based on religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth, they should prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Manish respects everyone's natural inclination to discover their own sexuality and to choose a suitable partner and lifestyle. With that thought, he makes no attempt to promote or encourage either homosexuality or heterosexuality in his literature.

 

From the author: I have never felt physical attraction to any man and I am sure I never will, for the rest of my life. However, I can understand if a person feels that way with another person of the same sex. It is just human to be physically and emotionally attracted to another person, regardless of sex. It does not matter whether it is an inclination pre-built into one's body by the Creator or a lifestyle choice. It is a fact of life that same sex relationships have existed in the world for centuries and will continue to exist in coming years. My question is - who are we to get involved in a matter so private to other people? Who are we to force them to live a certain way, using a legal system to govern these things? I have had an opportunity to work with and also have been friends with persons in same sex relationships. They are just like any other co-workers or friends of mine. Their sexual practices and preferences are none of my business. I hardly even think of them as gay or homosexual persons. To me, they are just people.

Every time I read a newspaper or magazine article on Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, I think about the homosexual people I know. Do they deserve to be treated as criminals? Do they deserve to be discriminated by the law based on their sexual orientation? Laws are meant to foster equality among people. If a law does not do that, and actually promotes discrimination, it should be amended. With these feelings from the bottom of my heart, I endeavored to write this story that highlights the social stigma that prevails against homosexuals and legal predicaments they face in their lives. There have been popular, but absurd stereotypes around the gay and lesbian community that are prevalent in different countries and cultures. As part of this story, I have made a humble attempt to break some of these stereotypes with a hope to encourage the readers to treat gay people as people, and not as aliens who landed on earth from a distant planet.

Finally, I hope that Section 377 of the IPC is amended, in order to decriminalize consensual physical relationships between same sex adults. It will be a proud moment for the people of India.

 

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