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Health Minister – Harsh vardhan – Government should protect gay rights

The HinduHealth Minister Harsh Vardhan. File Photo The BJP had supported the SC judgment which upheld the validity of Section 377 of IPC Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday batted for “human rights” of gays and said it was the… Continue Reading →

Why did UPA government sleep on decriminalisation of #Sec377

  Kamayani Bali Mahabal aka Kracktivist   Why did UPA government sleep on decriminalisation of Sec 377   Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), 1860, that criminalises gay sex has remained in the statute book for over 150 years. The Delhi High Court had simply asked Parliament to have a relook at it and till then had only decriminalised gay sex between consenting adults in private. Section 377 IPC was not struck down wholly.. Last year the  Supreme Court (SC) has also tossed the ball into Parliament’s court, but the interim 1elief the Delhi HC had granted has been denied. Its an interim relief since the interim period till Parliament should have chosen to amend the law ought not to have been more than a few months from July 2, 2009, when Sadly, the government chose not to act for more than four years. For any legislative business to be transacted, it is for the government of the day to swing into action. Reflecting complete policy paralysis, two wings of the government, the health ministry and the home ministry, took a diametrically conflicting stand on the issue. The SC judgment reflects that a law officer of the government, on behalf of the ministry of home affairs, referred to the affidavit filed before the Delhi HC wherein the government had opposed decriminalisation of homosexuality and argued that in its 42nd report, the Law Commission had recommended retention of Section 377 IPC because societal disapproval thereof was very strong.It was categorically argued by the government’s law officer that the legislature had decided not to delete it and it was not for the court to import extraordinary moral values and thrust them on society. The prime reasoning reflected in the judgement of the apex court is flawed. The SC’s observation that only a fraction of the country’s population constitutes lesbians, gays, bisexuals or transgenders and, therefore, Section 377 cannot be declared ultra vires of constitutional provisions is contrary to basic tenets of minority rights. UPA government  rushed to trash the Supreme Court’s judgment upholding the validity of Section 377 IPC but have failed to act on the Law Commission’s 13-year-old recommendation for its deletion. The law commission recommended changes in Section 375, IPC and scrapping of Section 377.  “In the light of the change effected by us in Section 375 IPC, we are of the opinion that Section 377 deserves to be deleted. After the changes effected by us in the preceding provisions (Sections 375 to 376E), the only content left in Section 377 is having voluntary carnal intercourse with any animal. We may leave such persons to their just deserts.” Why did UPA government chose not touch Section 377, despite a bunch of petitions against it pending in the Delhi High Court and later in the Supreme Court for 12 years. ? The Commission recommendation gathered dust in the law ministry, there was a slew of amendments carried out by the government to make provisions in IPC more stringent in the aftermath of the December 16 fatal gangrape case and focused on sexual offences, it did not change anything in Section 377. That was evidently the will of Parliament. It ‘s clear the Government acknowledges the perils of contradictions and opposition not only from religious organisations and opposition parties but also from within its own party and allies, and with the next general election near, does not want to rake up another hullabaloo.After the adoption of the IPC in 1950, around 3 0 amendments have been made to the statute, the most recent being in 2013 which specifically deals with sexual offences, a category to which Section 377 belongs. The UPA government wants to run with the hare and hunt with the hounds, and that is why it is urging the court to decide. Parliament has often criticised the Supreme Court for “judicial overreach” and “judicial law making”. And yes, under the Constitution, the right place to make or change a law is Parliament; Section 377 should be no exception. Powered by Blogmint” www.blogmint.com   Related posts UPA-II failed to deliver on its promises: Aruna Roy’s report card (0) Supreme Court Judgement – #Sec377 and… Continue Reading →

AAP Silent On Decriminalizing Homosexuality #Sec377 #LGBT

AP takes care of aam aadmi, woos middle class, business Party Silent On Decriminalizing Gay Sex TIMES NEWS NETWORK New Delhi: In what appears to be a bid to reassure the middle classes and business, AAP’s manifesto promises simplification of… Continue Reading →

CPI-ML – pro -people Manifesto asks repeal of UAPA, #AFSPA, Sedition Law and #Sec377

   ELECTION SYMBOL OF CPI ML    Change Policies, Change the Regime, Ensure People’s Voice in Parliament! Change Policies, Change the Regime, Ensure People’s Voice in Parliament!   –         CPI(ML)’s Appeal for Lok Sabha Elections 2014   Dear Citizens,   The Lok Sabha 2014 elections are being held at a… Continue Reading →

India Elections – CPI-M asks for decriminalisation of Homosexuality #UID

CPI M  asks for decriminalisation of Sec 377  , remove death penalty and to stop implementation of AADHAAR in their manifesto Major Constitutional & Legislative Reforms  Amend Article 3 of the Constitution to provide for the consent of the… Continue Reading →

Homophobia and Islamobphobia – The Jamaat e Islami Hind and the Supreme Court’s Decision on Section 377

JANUARY 29, 2014 Guest Post by Fahad Hashmi [ YSupreme Court of India, dismissed the ‘review petition’ that had been filed with a plea to reverse the Supreme Court’s recent (December 2013) decision to uphold the constitutionality of Section 377… Continue Reading →

Homosexuality is not a disease, psychiatrists say

Malathy Iyer,TNN | Feb 7, 2014, 03.03 AM IST       MUMBAI: Homosexuality is not a mental illness or disease, the country’s psychiatrists said in a joint statement on Thursday. The Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS), an umbrella body for psychiatrists across the country, said this… Continue Reading →

Sangh View on HomoSexuality and #Sec377 #LGBTQ

Why Article 377 be preserved Anandshankar Pandya     The recent bold stand taken by the Supreme Court on gay sex rejecting UPA government’s review plea is a milestone in preserving the values of the country. The Court had earlier… Continue Reading →

I am gay. I am married to a woman. This is my story.#LGBTQ #Sec377

by Ravi K.   It is now time to turn, like the sunflower, towards the sun. — Namdeo Dhassal On 11/12/13, when the Supreme Court’s order recriminalising homosexuality flashed on TVs, I felt a cold sweat. I shivered. But I… Continue Reading →

#Sec377 stays in India as SC refuses to review verdict on gay sex #WTFnews

India Today Online  New Delhi, January 28, 2014 | UPDATED 18:47 IST Sec 377 stays: SC refuses to review verdict on gay sexThe Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to review its verdict declaring gay sex an offence punishable up to life imprisonment. The apex… Continue Reading →

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