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Supreme Court to hear on decriminalisation of gay sex today

The SC is likely to hear today the issue of legalisation and decriminalisation of gay sex among consenting adults in private. The plea has been filed by gay rights activists and political, social and religious organisations who have opposed the Delhi High Court verdict decriminalising homosexual behaviour.

delhi Updated: Apr 19, 2011 09:48 IST

The Supreme Court is likely to hear on Tuesday the issue of legalisation and decriminalisation of gay sex among consenting adults in private.

A bench headed by justice GS Singhvi would be hearing petitions filed by gay rights activists and political, social and religious organisations who have opposed the Delhi High Court verdict decriminalising homosexual behaviour.

On the last hearing on February 7, the bench had refused to implead the armed forces in the case on the contentious issue.

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 BP Singhal, who had opposed in the HC legalisation of gay sex, has challenged the verdict in the Supreme Court saying such acts are illegal, immoral and against ethos of Indian culture.

Religious organisations like All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Utkal Christian Council and Apostolic Churches Alliance have opposed the high court's verdict.

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