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Government considering all options to decriminalize homosexuality

Sonia Gandhi

Sonia Gandhi said, “We are proud that our culture has always been an inclusive and tolerant one”

Sonia GandhiNew Delhi: Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal today said the UPA government was considering to decriminalize the consensual adult relationships.

Yesterday the Supreme Court of India had gave the verdict saying such adult same sex relationship would be a criminal activity, under the section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.

In his tweet, Sibal said, “The Government is considering all options to restore the High Court verdict on IPC section 377. We must decriminalize adult consensual relationships,” he said on microblogging site Twitter.

UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi had also signaled disappointment over the apex court’s decision ruling the issue of gay rights.

The Congress chief also voiced optimism that the parliament would uphold the constitutional guarantee of life and liberty to all citizens including those who were directly going to get affected by the Supreme Court judgment.

Sonia Gandhi felt proud for the tolerant and inclusive culture of the country. She said, “We are proud that our culture has always been an inclusive and tolerant one.”

A bench of justices G S Singhvi and S J Mukhopadhaya set aside the Delhi High Court’s verdict which had in 2009 decriminalized gay sex among consenting adults in private.

The bench allowed the appeals filed by various social and religious organizations challenging the high court verdict on the ground that gay sex is against the cultural and religious values of the country.

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