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Delhi High Court decriminalises homosexuality

Discussion in 'Middle Eastern Politics' started by ASPCA4EVER, Jul 2, 2009.

  1. ASPCA4EVER

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    Thursday, July 2, 2009 11:10 IST
    New Delhi: In a path breaking judgment, the Delhi High Court today legalised gay sex among consenting adults, holding that the law making it a criminal offence violates fundamental rights.However, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalises homosexuality, will continue for non-consensual and non-vaginal sex.
    "We declare section 377 of IPC in so far as it criminalises consensual sexual acts of adults in private is violative of Articles 14, 21 and 15 of the Constitution,"a Bench comprising chief justice AP Shah and justice S Murlidhar said.
    The High Court said "the provision of section 377 IPC will continue to govern non-consensual penile non-vaginal sex and penile non-vaginal sex involving minors".
    The court clarified that "by adults we mean everyone who is 18 years of age or above".
    It further said that this judgment will hold till Parliament chooses to amend the law.
    "In our view Indian Constitutional Law does not permit the statutory criminal law to be held captive by the popular misconception of who the LGBTs (lesbian gay bisexual transgender) are.
    "It cannot be forgotten that discrimination is antithesis of equality and that it is the recognition of equality which will foster dignity of every individual," the Bench said in its 105-page judgment.
    The High Court, while allowing the PILs filed by an NGO, Naz Foundation and others fighting for gay rights, clarified that "its judgment will not result in the reopening of criminal cases involving Section 377 of IPC that have already attained finality."
    It observed that the inclusiveness that the Indian society traditionally displayed in every aspect of life manifested in recognising a role in society for everyone.
    "Those perceived by the majority as 'deviants' or 'different' are not on that score excluded or ostracised," the chief justice, writing the judgment for the Bench, said. Where society can display inclusiveness and understanding, such persons can be assured of a life of dignity and non-discrimination, he said.
    "This was the spirit behind the resolution of which Jawaharlal Nehru spoke so passionately," the Bench said, referring to the Objective Resolution moved by him Nehru, India's first prime minister, on December 13, 1946 at the Constituent Assembly debate.
    Quoting Nehru, justice Shah said "words are magic things often enough, even the magic of words sometimes cannot convey magic of human spirit and of a nation's passion...(this resolution seeks very feebly to tell the world of what we have thought or dreamt of so long, and what we now hope to achieve in near future)".
    He said Nehru was of the view that the House should consider the resolution not in a spirit of narrow legal wording, but rather look at the spirit behind that resolution.
    The bench was critical of the provision of section 377 of IPC holding that "a provision of law branding one section of people as criminal based wholly on states' moral disapproval of that class goes counter to equality guaranteed in the Constitution."
    "The provision of section 377 runs counter to the Constitutional values and the notion of human dignity which is considered to be cornerstone of our constitution.
    "Section 377 in its application to sexual act of consenting adults in privacy discriminates a section of people solely on the ground of their sexual orientation which is analogous to prohibited grounds of sex," the Bench said.
    It said that any discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation was against Article 15 of the Constitution, which prohibits any discrimination on grounds of sex, religion, caste or place of birth. "We hold that sexual orientation is a ground analogous to sex and that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is not permitted by Article 15".
    The Bench pulled up the government for its stand that the judiciary should refrain from interfering on the issue as it pertains to the legislative function, coming under the ambit of Parliament.
    "We are constrained to observe that the submission of additional solicitor general reflect rather poorly on his understanding of the Constitutional scheme. The judiciary is constituted as the ultimate interpretor of the Constitution and to it is assigned the delicate task of determining what is the extent and scope of the power conferred on each branch of government," the bench said.
    "A constitutional provision must be construed, not in a narrow and constricted sense, but in a wide and liberal manner so as to anticipate and take it out of changing conditions and purposes so that the Constitutional provision does not get atrophied or fossilised but remains flexible enough to meet the newly emerging problem," the Bench said, quoting a Supreme Court judgement.
    The High Court judgment assumes importance as the government is still grappling with the option of scrapping section 377 from the statute.
    When the verdict was reserved on November 7 last, the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government vociferously opposed scrapping Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which prescribes punishment up to life imprisonment for indulging in unnatural sexual acts.
    There were contradictions within the government, as the home ministry had opposed scrapping of Section 377, while the ministry of health came out openly in support of gay rights activists. The government later sidelined the stand of then health minister Ambumani Ramadoss and opposed the PIL by describing homosexuality as "the most indecent behaviour" in society.
    The Centre had submitted that gay sex was immoral and a reflection of a perverse mind, and its decriminalisation would lead to moral degradation of society.
    "Every citizen has the right to lead a decent and moral life in society and the right would be violated if such behaviour [gay sex] is legalised in the country," the government had contended, adding that allowing gay sex would pose a health hazard to society.
    The Centre had said that homosexuals comprise only 0.3% of the population and the right of the remaining 99.7% to lead a decent and moral life in society would be violated if such behaviour was legalised.
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    http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_delhi-high-court-decriminalises-homosexuality_1270317
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    Slowly, ever so slowly the world starts to come to the realization that you can't criminalize the peoples free will/choice/natural way they are made to be attracted to the same sex. Did anyone else feel the 'cosmic shift' :confused:

    We as a world order are getting there, slowly but surely, one country at a time...:)
     
  2. Saxon

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    Wonderful, in a nation of over 700 MILLION, fags must be dealt with. I have, since my very birth, been advocating the destruction of faggotry.
     
  3. Mare Tranquillity

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    I once read that the lowest form of life on Earth was the bigot--easily identified because it has a redneck and no brain.:eek:
     
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    And you've been at this since your birth...hmm? Your exuberance for this job must keep you highly agitated and extremely busy, however do you find the time to stroll around here and post among us mere mortals???
    'Omnia mutantur nos et mutamur in illis' ;)
     
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    Y'know, I'm not a big fan of rednecks, but it should be pointed out that by your remark, you just identified yourself as a bigot.
     
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    Its a bit like the dichotomy of one claiming they are only intolerant towards those who are intolerant.... Which is an admission of self loathing if ever I've heard one.
     
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    For someone that hasn't added anything to this topic besides this feeble spewing {good ole boy, slap your knee laughing - YUK - YUK - YUK, hoo wee momma, ain't I a funny guy} did you have anything, anything at all that would benefit the rest of us just waiting for your every thoughtless dribble???

    COME ON BIG GUY...you know you have something/some little verbal tidbit that would make us all go...WOW ;)
     
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    I am a redneck and a bigot? If this pleases you to believe so, then let it be! Yes! To the bigot/redneck that is I! Salut!
     
  9. Mare Tranquillity

    Mare Tranquillity Active Member

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    I like it, I make a humorous comment and you flip sh1t at me. Good!
     
  10. Mare Tranquillity

    Mare Tranquillity Active Member

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    And like bododie you are giving Mr. Saxon a free pass on advocating that the military be used against American gay people. Now what do you suppose the military will do to gay people? Concentration camps? Summary executions? Cookies and milk with arsenic? Medical experiments? Target practice?

    I have never advocated the systematic destruction of any group, nor have I ever voted or advocated denial of equal rights to any group. Somehow I think your pop-psych accusation of self-loathing is probably misplaced.
     
  11. Mare Tranquillity

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    Perhaps you would honest enough with us to explain exactly how you would achieve the "destruction of faggotry". Are you advocating wholesale murder? Pleasant vacation retreats with concertina barb wire and large ovens?
     
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    Oh, well we have lately, been suffering under this new morality watch dog who will 'smite the tongue in cheek humorous attempts' {you know the humour that they just don't understand...goes flying right over their empty craniums} from some 'selected few' but she {brains in the box} will totally ignore the heinous/vile/vitriolic spewing from some of her new buddies...and then when she doesn't feel that the MOD'S are doing their job sufficiently she'll stalk you around the boards and then post 'Nana-Nana boo-boos on your P.M.} but she's the one being 'NICE' :rolleyes:

    But as BUNZ told me I'm supposed to toughen up and ignore the 'brains in the box' and her stalking/trolling ways...:eek: But I can't help myself...she's labeled me "YOUR SOOOO MEAN", so it's a tough job to lower myself too...but it's been way to much fun :D

    So hang in there Mare...someone told me I was being mean to you too...my 2nd day here...but that someone didn't bother to own up to who they were...just left **** on my P.M. and then slide out of the room...LMAO
     
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    If you can pm me, ASPCA, I'd like to find out who the "brains in the box" is, I don't want to have my posts edited for no reason. If I'm doing something wrong I should at least be told about it. I try not to break the rules here, but sometimes the rules are pretty vague.
     
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    I would surely make faggotry illegal, as it is a sick activity, for those with sick minds. That such activities are being foisted upon our children is the end, the straw that broke the camel's back. The faggotry has to go. Repent, or be jailed. Even worse, be sent packing to the USA since they are such a 'loving' country who would have no problem taking in the new refugees. Those fags who rape little boys had better be prepared to draw a dot between their eyes like the Hindus. Such dots made for good targets for my British ancestors in India, and they would do the same for the fags who commit such crimes.
     
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    What a simple life you lead.
     
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