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SC issues notice to Govt on decriminalisation of gay sex

india Updated: Jul 09, 2009 21:12 IST

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The Supreme Court has issued notice to Centre over decriminalisation of Section 377 of homosexuality laws. The court was hearing a petition filed by an astrologer challenging the Delhi High Court's verdict legalising gay sex.

The next date of hearing is July 20.

The petition filed by Suresh Kumar Kaushal sought quashing of July 2 verdict of the High Court legalising gay
sex between consenting adults in private, which was earlier a criminal offence punishable with upto life imprisonmnet.

Kaushal said the petition, which came for hearing during the mentioning hour, contended that homosexual acts, by
all standard, an unnatural act and it could not be permitted.

"No one can imagine the consequences of the unnatural acts. Even animals don't indulge in such activities," Kaushal
said in his petition.

He said the High Court judgement would result in spread of HIV virus as "it has been amply proved that the
HIV virus is a result of unnatural sex."

"We have to look at our own scriptures to seek guidance from them and it is against such behaviour in our
society," he said.

"If such abnormality is permitted, then tomorrow people might seek permission for having sex with animals," he
said.

The High Court, in a landmark verdict, legalised gay sex among consenting adults.

The verdict had retained the penal provision for non consenting gay and homosexual acts involving minors. (With PTI inputs)