The Delhi High Court’s verdict decriminalising gay sex may have brought joy to many but not to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad, who believes it’s a “bad thing”.
He wants the Centre to appeal against the judgment in the Supreme Court.
“Some people may like or consent to these things, but these things are not acceptable in our society and we don’t like all these things,” the former railway minister said.
Adding: “I am dead against legalisation of gay sex and will raise the issue in Parliament.”
Asked whether homosexuality is a crime, he said: “Yes, it’s a crime... Such obscene acts should not be allowed in our country. The society is adversely affected.”
While Janata Dal(U) chief Sharad Yadav indicated that he was willing to accept the court order, but said that homosexuality was not an issue in the country.
He said homosexuality was “age-old” but suspected the order was the governments ploy to divert attention from the real issues.
On Friday, three cabinet ministers — Home Minister P Chidambaram, Law Minister M Veerappa Moily and Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad — held a meeting to discuss the issue.
Moily later said they would submit a report to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who would take a final decision on whether to amend the archaic law dealing with the issue.