PM to decide on ministers row on homosexuality
Posted on: 08:03 PM IST Nov 08, 2008
New Delhi: The government still seems divided on the issue of legalising homosexuality. Health Minister Anbumani Ramdoss now says that he will be going to the Prime Minister as he hasn't been able to get the home minister to see his point of view.
Anbumani Ramadoss and Home Minister Shivraj Patil have been battling it out over the need to legalize homosexuality. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had earlier asked them to resolve their differences privately. Ramadoss who is in favour of amending article 377 paid a visit to the Home Minister's residence on Friday afternoon, but nothing came of it. mWe couldn't reach any agreement, the meeting wasn't fruitful, says Ramadoss. While Ramadoss is of the opinion that article 377 is impending India's fight against AIDS, Shivraj Patil believes that any move to relax 377 would lead to a rise in criminal activity. The article states that, whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature, with any man, woman or animal shall be punishable with imprisonment for life or for a term which may extend to ten years and shall also be liable to fine.The health minister's opinion has found favour among homosexuals who're fighting a case for repealing article 377 in the Delhi High court. What does the government have to do with what two consenting adults are doing in their bedroom? says Sunil Gupta. The Delhi High court had on Friday reserved its verdict on petitions filed by gay rights activist seeking decriminalization of homosexuality. It seems the court's views can only help resolve the stalemate.