Govt sees no error in decriminalising gay sex

Govt sees no error in decriminalising gay sex

By: || Updated: 21 Mar 2012 12:39 AM


New
Delhi:
The Centre on Wednesday clarified in the Supreme Court its
stand on homosexuality, saying there is no error in the decriminalisation
of gay sex.




Attorney General GE Vahanvati told the apex court that the Delhi High
Court verdict on decriminalising homosexuality is acceptable to the
government.




"Criminalising gay sex among consenting adults in private is violation of
Fundamental Rights", the Centre told the court.




"We learnt and got subsequently enlightened after the HC verdict," said
the AG.




In its first appearance in the case on February 23, the government had put
forward the argument that the homosexuality was highly "immoral" and
"against the social order".




A public backlash soon after had seen the government take back that
argument stating that very day it was yet to take a stand on the Delhi
High Court order decriminalising homosexuality.




On Tuesday too, the Supreme Court pulled up the government for its
"neutral" stand on decriminalisation of homosexuality while expressing
concern over Parliament not discussing such important issues and blaming
judiciary for "over-reach".



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