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Don't decriminalise gay sex: Home ministry

Thursday February 23, 2012 03:50:30 PM, IANS

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Senior counsel Amarendra Saran told the court during the hearing on a batch of petitions challenging the Delhi High Court's July 2, 2009 verdict holding that Section 377, which criminalises gay sex among consenting adults, was a violation of fundamental right 

New Delhi: The union home ministry told the Supreme Court Thursday that it was not in favour of decriminalising gay sex. It said Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code should remain on the statute to check cases of child sex abuse and other "unnatural offences".

Reiterating the stand it had taken before the Delhi High Court, which has struck down Section 377, the home ministry said that homosexuality was immoral and was causing the spread of HIV/AIDS in the country.

As Additional Solicitor General P.P. Malhotra sought to link homosexuality with the spread of HIV/AIDS, an apex court bench headed by Justice G.S. Singhvi that is hearing a batch of petitions challenging the high court verdict, asked: "What is the statistical data supporting such a nexus?"

The court observed that even according to the home ministry, only eight percent of those inflicted with HIV/AIDS could be attributed to the homosexual category.

Malhotra, however, maintained that homosexuals formed a high-risk category for contracting HIV/AIDS.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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