SC defers hearing on decriminalisation of gay sex

Last Updated: Monday, August 29, 2011 - 21:29

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

A bench comprising Justices G S Singhvi and H L Dattu
adjourned the hearing on the matter by ten weeks.

A number of petitions have been filed by various
political, social and religious organisations which opposed
the Delhi High Court verdict decriminalising gay sex which was
earlier a criminal offence punishable upto ten years of
rigorous imprisonment under Section 377 of Indian Penal Code.

On February 7, the bench had refused to implead the armed
forces in the case.
People and organisations from different fields have come
out in support of 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 outfits 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: Monday, August 29, 2011 - 21:29

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