SC defers hearing on decriminalisation of gay sex

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 11:17

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday
deferred its hearing on the issue of legalisation and
decriminalisation of gay sex among consenting adults in
private.

A bench headed by Justice G S Singhvi adjourned the
matter without specifying the date of the next hearing and
said the same would be taken up after summer vacations.
The apex court was hearing a bunch of petitions filed
by gay rights activists and also by political, social and
religious organisations, who have opposed the Delhi High Court
verdict decriminalising homosexual behaviour.

Earlier, on February 7, the bench had refused to
implead the armed forces in the case on the contentious issue.

People and organisations from different fields have
come out in support for or against the path-breaking verdict
of the Delhi High Court which had sparked a controversy.

Several political, social and religious outfits have
asked the Supreme Court to give the final verdict on the
issue.
Senior BJP leader B P Singhal, who had opposed in the
High Court legalisation of gay sex, has challenged the verdict
in the Supreme Court saying such acts are illegal, immoral and
against ethos of Indian culture.

Religious organisations like All India Muslim Personal
Law Board, Utkal Christian Council and Apostolic Churches
Alliance have opposed the High Court`s verdict.

Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Right, Tamil
Nadu Muslim Munn Kazhgam, astrologer Suresh Kumar Kaushal and
yoga guru Ramdev have also opposed the verdict in the apex
court.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 11:17
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