Lok Sabha votes against Shashi Tharoor’s bill to decriminalise homosexuality. Again.

Tharoor’s previous attempt to introduce a similar Bill in the Lok Sabha on December 18 was also voted out.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: March 12, 2016 8:46 am
Congress MP Shashi Taroor and BJP MP Murli Manohar Joshi at Parliament on Friday. (Express Photo: Renuka Puri) Congress MP Shashi Taroor and BJP MP Murli Manohar Joshi at Parliament on Friday. (Express Photo: Renuka Puri)

For the second time in three months, Lok Sabha Friday voted against the introduction of a private member’s Bill, sought to be introduced by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor for decriminalising homosexuality. The Indian Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2016, sought to amend Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) that criminalises homosexuality.

As Tharoor sought the leave of the House to introduce the Bill, Nishikant Dubey, BJP member from Godda (Jharkhand), demanded a division. As Speaker Sumitra Mahajan put Tharoor’s motion to vote, it was defeated by 58 to 14. Of the 73 people present, one abstained.

Tharoor later blamed the BJP for using its “brute majority” in the Lok Sabha to thwart his attempt. The Kerala MP called it “religious bigotry” of the ruling party that had disallowed discussion on his private Bill to amend the “colonial era” Section 377 of the IPC, adding that Parliament was a place for open deliberations on all issues.

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He used the opportunity to voice his anguish while moving another Bill on the Rights of Transgender Persons when the House was transacting Private Members’ Business. On the rejection of his Bill at the introduction stage, Tharoor said it was “a low in the proud annals of Indian democracy” where “brute majority prevailed over the rights of a member” to bring the measure. He regretted that the House was not allowed to deliberate on a law which was framed by the British rulers.

The Supreme Court, in December 2013, had overturned a verdict of the Delhi High Court that had set aside Section 377 of the IPC, asking the government to take a view on the controversial subject of decriminalising homosexuality. In 2009, the Delhi HC had ruled that Section 377 was unconstitutional.

Tharoor’s previous attempt to introduce a similar Bill in the Lok Sabha on December 18 was also voted out. With PTI inputs

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    Buddha
    Mar 12, 2016 at 6:21 am
    Why did Mr Tharoor get the "good sense" that Article 377 needs to be squashed in 2016? Where was this "good sense" when the UPA was in power? The Supreme Court gave its verdict in Dec 2013 so he had half a year to p this bill. Why does this act of activism from Shashi Tharoor looks more like politics and less like social service?
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      Lovely
      Mar 12, 2016 at 4:49 pm
      Every religion opposes this Tharoor Bill!
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        Lovely
        Mar 12, 2016 at 4:50 pm
        What bigot?
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          Laxmi Narayan Naren
          Mar 12, 2016 at 8:44 am
          This is hypocrisy. On one side they made clear their view that concept of marital rape can't be applied in India and on the other side, they denied this bill.
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            HILARY
            Mar 12, 2016 at 8:57 am
            What does this tell us? That with the possible exception of the mover of the bill, there are no LGBT in the Parliament.
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              guest
              Mar 12, 2016 at 5:58 am
              Good Show.. Tharoor ..keep it up..I like your spirit...!!!
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                vivek
                Oct 2, 2016 at 8:15 pm
                every thing is right .....lt;br/gt;and that is naturallt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;I appreciate
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                yash sehgal
                Mar 12, 2016 at 3:43 am
                Why do men like to induge in such degradation n degeneration which no animal has ever been seen indulging ..all against nature, all shameless, all non sense n all disgusting..lok sabha has done right..let shashi tharoor go to countries where it is allowd..
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                  Aditya Prasad
                  Jul 14, 2017 at 11:28 am
                  Please educate yourself - s: en.wikipedia /wiki/Homo ual_behavior_in_animals
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