Shashi Tharoor meets Pinarayi Vijayan, wants Kerala to set example by decriminalising homosexuality

Last year, Tharoor had sought to introduce a private member's bill seeking decriminalization of homosexuality. However, his bid failed twice in Lok Sabha.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 21, 2017 4:12 pm
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Congress leader Shashi Tharoor recently met Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, expressing that he wants his home state Kerala to set a precedent to the rest of India by decriminalising Section 377 (homosexuality) in the state.

Last year, Tharoor had sought to introduce a private member’s bill seeking decriminalisation of homosexuality. However, his bid failed twice in three months as Lok Sabha voted against the introduction of the bill.  The Indian Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2016, sought to amend Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalises homosexuality.

The Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram subsequently blamed the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party for using its brute majority in the Lok Sabha for thwarting his attempt in bringing amendment. He had also described it “religious bigotry” of the saffron party that had disallowed discussion on his private Bill to amend the “colonial era” Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.

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

In February 2016, the Supreme Court agreed to revisit the law criminalising homosexuality and observed that the issue ‘involves very large and significant constitutional issues.’ It also referred to a five-judge constitutional bench its 2013 ruling that upheld a law making gay sex an offence punishable by 10 years to a life-time sentence.

NGO Naz Foundation was one of a host of organisations which submitted petitions challenging the 2013 judgment of the Supreme Court.

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  1. R
    Jun 4, 2017 at 4:41 pm
    Shashi Tharoor realizes that the noose is tightening on his role in the murder of his wife. The private bill that he brought to parliament had zero chances of being passed. For such a bill to be passed in parliament, a great deal of homework is required. Muslims in India are still governed by their own personal civil laws under which homo uality is punishable by death. Even if the parliament did p his private bill how would it be applicable to all citizens of India in the absence of a uniform civil code ? Would between a Muslim and Hindu couple be illegal or non-illegal ? The fact is he did it score a brownie point against the ru party to sort of "prove" that they are the stumb block against his "honest" attempt in decriminalising homo uality. I feel given Tharoor's shady background, this is another gimmick to escape prosecution in Sunanda's murder case. He maybe preparing ground for his asylum application as a activist to some friendly European country.
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      Advocate Swathi kumar
      Apr 29, 2017 at 8:37 am
      You have suggested the right thing if it's not done raise it as a social issue Am sure you will get all the support. I think it can put a stop to child abuse to an extent
      1. A
        Mar 21, 2017 at 1:52 pm
        He should worry about electing a new leader for his party, oh the leader ,the part time fella is having his US jaunt, as the Italian Mummy felt Indian hospitals are no good
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          B truths
          Mar 21, 2017 at 12:33 pm
          Its for saving kerala priests, abusing boys. You have a Seat in the lap of rahul, Mehar will manage.
          1. T
            Mar 21, 2017 at 3:02 pm
            Desease are not a consequences of the pleasure it's an unfortunate fate .pray to the god u would nt be among them .Coz. Have gone through the situation .. U know you will forget your hate for any caste or CR eed and u will understand the value of humanity during sucha time .... Be a human
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