New Delhi: Soon after the landmark verdict by the Supreme Court that partly junked Sec 377 and decriminalised gay sex among consenting adults, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy made his displeasure quite apparent, said reports. (Catch LIVE Updates Here) Also Read - Goods And Services Tax is 'Biggest Madness of The 21st Century', Says Subramanian Swamy
Speaking to a leading portal, Swami said, “There is no finality in the Supreme Court’s judgement today. This judgement can be overturned by a seven-judge bench.” He added that the verdict would only give rise to “social evils” and would lead to sexually transmitted diseases. Referring to homosexuality as a “genetic disorder”, he said the verdict could give rise to issues like a rise in the number of HIV cases, gay bars, etc. “It cannot be treated like an alternate sexual behaviour,” he said. Swamy sounded a discordant note while the rest of the country rejoiced over the verdict. The UN issued a statement saying, “Welcome today’s landmark ruling by the SC. Sexual orientation & gender expression form an integral part of an individual’s identity the world over and violence, stigma & discrimination based on these attributes constitute an egregious violation of human rights.” (Also read: SC Junks Sec 377, Says LGBT Community Has Equal Rights) Also Read - Is Ram Sethu National Heritage Monument? Many Cases Pending, Will Consider This After Three Months, Says SC
The Supreme Court has decriminalised consensual sex between homosexuals and read down Section 377 of the IPC. Pronouncing the judgement earlier, Chief Justice Dipak Misra had said, “The ideals of individual autonomy must be preserved. We have to bid adieu to stereotypes and prejudices. Constitutional morality must guide us all.” He added, “LGBT Community has same rights as of any ordinary citizen. Respect for each other’s rights, and others are supreme humanity. Criminalising gay sex is irrational and indefensible.” Also Read - Subramanian Swamy Gives New Idea to Improve Condition of Currency, Says ‘Inscribe Image of Goddess Lakshmi on Banknotes’
A five-judge constitution bench headed by CJ Misra had heard a batch of petitions against the section that criminalised gay sex.