Indian Supreme Court defers hearing on decriminalisation of gay sex

The Indian Supreme Court deferred its hearing on the issue of the legalisation and decriminalisation of gay sex among consenting adults in private on 29 August 2011. 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 is at present a criminal offence punishable by up to ten years imprisonment under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.

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 the ethos of Indian culture

Religious organisations such as the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Utkal Christian Council and the Apostolic Churches Alliance have opposed the High Court”s verdict.

The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Tamil Nadu Muslim Munn Kazhgam, astrologer Suresh Kumar Kaushal and yoga guru Ramdev have also opposed the verdict.

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