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Shashi Tharoor’s bill to decriminalise homosexuality defeated in Lok Sabha

Tharoor's private bill seeking to decriminalise homosexuality was turned down in LS.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: December 18, 2015 9:18 pm
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In a rare development, Lok Sabha today voted against introduction of a private member’s bill brought by Congress member Shashi Thraoor to decriminalise homosexualty.

The introduction of the bill which sought amendment to the IPC by seeking to “substitute a new section for section 377 of the IPC” was objected to by BJP member Nishikant Dubey. Dubey said he was opposing the bill not because of any religion, vedas or ‘puranas’ but because of the Supreme Court judgement.

The Supreme Court in December 2013 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.

The Delhi High Court in 2009 ruled that Section 377 was unconstitutional.

Tharoor, however, insisted on going ahead with the introduction of the Bill arguing that Dubey was quoting only “partially” from the Supreme Court judgement.

Tharoor was supported by BJD’s Tathagata Satpathy.

However, in order to take the sense of the House, Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai put the motion to vote.

Tharoor pressed for division of votes in which the motion was negated by 71 ‘Noes’ against 24 ‘yes’. There was one abstention.

Commenting on the development, Satpathy remarked “it is a very very sad day”.

In a series of tweets later, Tharoor said he would make another attempt to introduce the bill.

“Intro of Pvt.Member’s Bill 2 decriminalize consensual sex btwn consenting adults defeated in LS 71-24. Surprising to see such intolerance.

“Notice of intent to oppose introducn of Bill came so late there was no time 2 rally support. Will try again in future. We shall overcome!” he said.

Although the bill on decriminalising homosexuality was rejected at the introduction stage, Tharoor managed to introduce two other private member’s bill pertaining to another amendment to the IPC and on Asylum seekers.

Over 70 other private members’ bills pertaining to different issues were introduced in the Lok Sabha.

Among the private member’s bills, Varun Gandhi (BJP) introduced a bill to provide for citizenship rules for refugees and asylum seekers.

Rajiv Satav (Cong) came up with a constitutional amendment bill to raise the age for contesting elections to Lok Sabha and state assemblies from 25 to 31 years.

At the same time, the bill sought to reduce the age for becoming Rajya Sabha members from 30 to 25 years.

Jagdambika Pal (BJP) introduced a bill for compulsory harvesting of rainwater in every residential, commercial establishment and government building.

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  1. K
    Jan 13, 2016 at 9:39 am
    Please, Focus on the issue at hand rather than technicality of words. Why don't you put forward your take on something rather than discrediting someone else's.
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      Abhishek Bhosale
      Dec 18, 2015 at 4:33 pm
      Members of loksabha have right to vote against or in favour of any bill if there is no whip,which is hardly issued during private members bill.And in democracy will of majority prevails so it can be anything but intolerance. And I support the bill
      1. A
        Dec 18, 2015 at 2:26 pm
        Half pant walas of RSS relieved. Chaddiwalas' secret will remain secret. What happens in Vedas remains in Vedas.
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          Professor T
          Dec 18, 2015 at 7:55 pm
          It is amusing to hear some people arguing that we are in 21 st century and things/ laws must change. I am sure even in 22 nd century, man is not going to ' walk ' on his head, and continue to use his legs. Man and woman play a perfectly complementary and essential role in building a family, the building block for a harmonious nationhood. Man must learn a lot more about him'self', before sitting in weird judgement of the society. Are we going the way of the dinosaurs, who perished due to lack of ' adequate' brain to adapt and to survive, except that the Homo sapien seems to 'over use' his brain in myriad weird ways towards death and decay of the civilization.
          1. G
            Dec 18, 2015 at 4:14 pm
            lowering the age for Rajya Sabha means more betajis and betijis get poitical patronage. meanwhile, those contesting for real in Lok Sabha would face an obstacle of age.
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