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Victorian Morality

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Source: TH

In the ongoing case of the same-sex relationship as a marriage, Supreme Court has said that British Victorian morality stifled the ancient all-inclusive culture of India, which accepted same-sex love. The court corrected the government’s perspective and said that the impact of British Victorian morality made India forsake much of its cultural ethos.


British Victorian morality refers to a set of social and moral values that were prevalent in Britain during the Victorian era (1837 to 1901). These values were characterized by a strict code of conduct that emphasized sexual repression, traditional gender roles, and conservative social norms.


Usage: The terms can be used to show the negative impact of the continuation of the colonial legacy in India’s social and governance system.