Centre files plea seeking review of Sec 377

Centre files plea seeking review of Sec 377
New Delhi, Dec 20: Central government filed a petition with Supreme Court seeking review of IPC section 377. Government on Friday challenged the recent supreme court verdict which recriminalised gay sex. Union minister Kapil Sibal tweeted, "Let's hope that right to personal choice is preserved".

Gay rights activists welcomes the Centre's move. The Central government during the hearing of the petition in the Supreme Court had backed the Delhi High Court verdict which had decrminalised gay sex.

Government had even said that the contentious legislation was the result of British colonialism.

In its judgment upholding Section 377, the Supreme Court had pointed out that it had merely examined the legality of the law and said Parliament could make changes to the law if needed.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi had voiced for 'personal freedom' and had said they were disappointed with the SC verdict. Many ministers including Shashi Tharoor had also voiced their support for gay rights activists.

"These are matters of personal freedom, I would agree with the (Delhi) High Court more on this matter," Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had said.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi had also said she was disappointed with the verdict and Law Minister Kapil Sibal said the government would consider taking action against it.

The BJP, had strongly supported the supreme court verdict and had said it will not back any move against the Supreme Court verdict.

"We will state (at an all-party meeting if it is called) that we support Section 377 because we believe that homosexuality is an unnatural act and cannot be supported," Rajnath Singh had said.

After the diplomat's row broke out, BJP leader Yaswant Sinha had said India should crack down on US diplomats with same sex partners living in India.

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