SC to hear on decriminalisation of gay sex on Monday

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New Delhi, Feb 6 (PTI) The Supreme Court will heartomorrow the issue of legalisation and decriminalisation ofgay sex among consenting adults in private.

A bench of justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly would behearing a bunch of petitions filed by gay rights activists andpolitical, social and religious organisations who have opposedthe Delhi High Court verdict decriminalising homosexualbehaviour.

People and organisations from different field have comeout in support of or against the path-breaking verdictsparking a controversy. Several political, social andreligious organisation have asked the Supreme Court to givethe final verdict on the issue.

Senior BJP leader B P Singhal who had opposedlegalisation of gay sex in the High Court has challenged theverdict in the Supreme Court saying that such acts areillegal, immoral and against ethos of Indian culture.

Expressing similar sentiments, religious organisationslike All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Utkal ChristianCouncil and Apostolic Churches Alliance have opposed the highcourt''s verdict.

Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Right, TamilNadu Muslim Munn Kazhgam, astrologer Suresh Kumar Kaushal andyoga guru Ramdev have also opposed the verdict in the apexcourt.

The high court had on July 2, 2009 declared the penalprovision (under Section 377 of Indian Penal Code) for gay sexamong consenting adults in private as unconstitutional whichwas earlier a criminal offence punishable with up to lifeimprisonment.

The party opposing the high court verdict contended thathomosexual acts, by all standards, were "unnatural" and couldnot be permitted.

The apex court had declined to stay the verdict and hadsaid, "Any interim order against the High Court verdict, ifnecessary, will be considered only after hearing the partiesconcerned".

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