As per bench headed by Justice A.P.Shah, which was set up to hear the bunch of petitions raised by gay rights activists who were fighting against the discrimination against the gays in our country.
The center represented by Additional solicitor P P Malhotra argued that homosexuality is a disease which causes spread of AIDS and if it is legalized people will indulge in this claiming that HC has given approval.
The bench took strong exception to the word disease and said that homosexuality is the main vehicle that causes AIDS but it is not a disease itself. It also reprimanded Center for making such submissions as the rights for gays is still under consideration.
As per the Center, it is the most indecent behavior and only 0.03% are homosexuals which is a behavior against the decent and moral life in the society. Our constitution does not speak about the sexual orientation and we cannot be guided by the steps taken by other countries. Our moral and ethical values are different.
As per Senior BJP Leader B.P.Singhal, it is an evil exported from western countries, If section 377 is removed that is decriminalization of gays it will give rise to male prostitution. He said if this happens, we will no longer be called a country called India.
He was told to stick to the legal issue and not the political issue. It seems that liberalization is coming not in the economic sector but also in our mental sector. The topics which were swept under the carpet as if out of sight is out of mind is no longer prevalent. We have started facing such issues and are trying to see them in right perspective.
I hope the time is just round the corner where other issues like female infanticide, dowry deaths, discrimination against women will also be brought out in open and dealt with in an appropriate manner.