SC verdict on homosexuality `retrograde`: Ramesh
New Delhi: Union Minister Jairam Ramesh on Wednesday termed as "retrograde" the Supreme Court verdict that upheld a law criminalising homosexuality and wondered why it is a crime if two consenting men and two consenting women share physical relations.
"Personally, I think it is a retrograde judgement and it has no justice to a modern liberal India. If two consenting men and two consenting women...Why should be illegal," Ramesh said reacting to the apex court verdict.
"It is choice issue...Personal choice...It is a liberal society, a modern society...A society that gives choice to individual...Suddenly if it is illegal....?," the Rural Development Minister said.
His statement came as the government today indicated that it will take the legislative route to deal with the issue.
The apex court in its verdict put the ball in Parliament`s court to decide on the desirability of deleting the relevant section from Indian Penal Code.
Ramesh said he support the Delhi High Court`s verdict which had in 2009 decriminalised gay sex among consenting adults in private.
"I thought A P Shah was on the right track," he said.
A two-member bench of the High Court comprising justice A P Shah and Justice S Muralidhar had decriminalised gay sex as provided in Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and had ruled that sex between two consenting adults in private would not be an offence.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Panel discussion over vote bank politics on Hinduism
- DNA: Terrorists' new strategy of snatching weapons from Indian security personnel
- Pak High Commission staffer grilled for spying, released later
- Watch: Report on delayed development in Ayodhya
- DNA: Ground reporting of the deteriorating sanctity of Ayodhya
- Pakistan's brutality exposed; `Black Day` protesters thrashed in PoK - Video goes viral
- Pakistan High Commission staffer, briefly detained for espionage, asked to leave India in 48 hours
- National Geographic's famed ''Afghan Girl'' arrested in Pakistan for forgery
- Hrithik Roshan, Yami Gautam's 'Kaabil' trailer shocks Rakesh Roshan
- India vs New Zealand, 4th ODI: As it happened...