New Delhi: As Supreme Court decriminalised part of the Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalises consensual gay sex, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) said that it does not support same-sex marriage as it was ‘not natural’.
“Like the Supreme Court’s verdict, we also do not consider this (homosexuality) as a crime. However, same sex marriage and relationships are neither natural nor desirable which is why we do not support such relationships,”Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ‘prachar pramukh’ Arun Kumar said in a statement. ‘Prachar pramukh’ is the designated spokesperson of the Sangh.
He claimed that Indian society “traditionally does not recognise” such relations. “Humans usually learn from experiences, so this topic needs to be discussed and handled the social and psychological level”, Kumar added.
Notably, the comments came on a day the Supreme Court unanimously decriminalised part of Section 377, saying it violated the rights to equality. In separate but unanimous verdicts, a five-judge Constitution Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Rohinton Nariman, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Indu Malhotra partially struck down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) as unconstitutional.
The bench said it is no longer an offence for LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual, intersex and queer/questioning) community to engage in consensual sex between two adults in private.
Reading out the judgment, Chief Justice Misra said attitudes and mentality have to change to accept others’ identity and accept what they are, and not what they should be. “It is the constitutional and not social morality which will prevail,” said the court.
The verdict sparked celebrations in the LGBTIQ community across India even as the judgment was being read out. Many of the community members who had assembled outside the apex court jumped in joy and distributed sweets.