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India: Supreme Court rebukes ministers for conflicting gay views

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  1. It’s not necessarily a contradictory position. The Indian government are in favour of decriminalisation, but consider gay sex is unnatural, highly immoral and against social order and there is high chance of spreading of diseases through such acts. To my mind this is a pragmatic position realising the unenforceable nature and privacy intrusiveness of criminalisation whilst maintaining their – in my view very bigoted and uninformed – view of homosexuality. The fact that STIs are spread by more than the gay and bisexual elements of the population seems to have escaped them, as does the virtue of permitting open happy relationships rather than furtive unhappy ones.

    “Our Constitution is different and our moral and social values are also different from other countries, so we cannot follow them.”

  2. well it is contradictory position, the home ministry almost immediately distanced itself from Malhotra’s comments

    1. it just shows judges wont take any c**p from politicians

  3. GingerlyColors 28 Feb 2012, 2:34pm

    There should be no contradiction here. Gay rights are human rights and I would resent seeing the second largest (in terms of population) country taking a retrograde step. I doubt if the courts will decide to recriminalise gay sex as there were no prosecutions for several decades before the courts struck down the law (which it inherited from Britain).

  4. well, that’s right. our Constitution is different and our moral and social values are also different from other countries, so we cannot follow them.

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