EXPLORING THE COMPLEXITIES OF HOMOSEXUALITY IN INDIA: NEGOTIATING THE INTERFACES OF RELIGION AND CULTURE
Abstract: This research paper delves into the prevalence and cultural viewpoints around homosexuality in Singapore and India, with a specific focus on the Islamic position. It investigates the influence of social norms, legal concerns, religious beliefs, and cultural values on the perceptions of homosexuality within these locations. This analysis explores the discourse around homosexuality within Western countries, examines the Islamic viewpoint on this matter, and addresses the inquiry of the potential criminalization of homosexuality under the Islamic framework. The essay elucidates the influence exerted by media and online communities on public sentiment, while also shedding light on the possible detriments incurred by the community. The text also addresses the Indian government's hesitance to revoke Section 377A, despite the fact that its previous colonial power, Britain, no longer considers homosexuality a criminal offence. Furthermore, this article examines the perspectives on homosexuality in various nations and underscores the influential role of societal norms and values in the formulation and implementation of legal frameworks. This study examines the multifaceted dynamics surrounding the media's involvement and the use of jail as a punitive measure for homosexuality. Additionally, it explores the opinions of LGBT Muslims residing in Singapore and the viewpoints of Islamic groups in India. Ultimately, the paper provides suggestions about the societal approach to the matter of homosexuality.