LGBT community rues SC's refusal to 'correct its mistake'

PTI
Published Jan 29, 2014, 6:59 am IST
Updated Mar 19, 2019, 8:18 am IST
Hundreds of gay rights activists protest against top court's refusal to review gay sex verdict.
A gay rights activist holds up a placard and a flag during a protest in New Delhi on Tuesday - AP
 A gay rights activist holds up a placard and a flag during a protest in New Delhi on Tuesday - AP

New Delhi: Hundreds of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community on Tuesday protested against Supreme Court's refusal to review its verdict criminalising homosexual sex in the country.

The members of the community took out a candlelight march at Jantar Mantar and said they would continue with their fight for equal rights.

 

Activist Kavita Krishnan said at the protest that, "There were eight review petitions... All of them were very well argued and they all made the point that the SC judgement re-criminalising homosexuality was actually a very shoddy one.

"SC, in merely half-an-hour, dismissed all these very well-reasoned arguments by professors, teachers, parents of LGBT people against Sec. 377," she said.

Section 377 of IPC criminalises sexual activities 'against the order of nature', including homosexual acts.

The section was declared unconstitutional with respect to sex between consenting adults by Delhi High Court in 2009. But that judgement was overturned by Supreme Court in December last year.

A bench of justices H.L. Dattu and SJ Mukhopadhyay, in in- chamber proceedings on Tuesday, dismissed a clutch of petitions filed by the Centre and gay rights activists, including noted filmmaker Shyam Benegal, against its verdict declaring gay sex an offence punishable with up to life in prison.

"SC really had a great chance to correct its mistake... It is the duty of the apex court to protect the fundamental rights of every citizen of," said Mohnish Malhotra, an LGBT community member and gay rights activist. 

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