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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    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
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      annoyed
      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.
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          Tushar
          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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            Tushar
            Mar 21, 2017 at 3:11 pm
            Expected from u *
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              Balanand
              Mar 21, 2017 at 5:47 pm
              Don't be arrogant. True to your name and religion you want to create divisions between Indians. If you were a Hindu you would not have said this.
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                SI
                Mar 21, 2017 at 2:07 pm
                This Brilliant, most Educated man of modern Times is really addressing a Very Important Earth Shattering Problem! which needs front page coverage continuously!. This is the Typical Educated cl way of contribution to Society. Is the coverage, for meeting some personal Goals OR for really helping the unfortunate?.
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                  Ramakrishnan Kinattukara
                  Mar 22, 2017 at 6:57 am
                  Do you mean to say that other parties do not have IT cells for defaming political opponents. I have seen the Congress having a monopoly at the Center from 1947 to 1977. I have seen working of central government from close quarters. If the ministers are sincere the country could have become a developed nation in the first 30 years alone. But the tragedy is that while they profess to serve the people they have been serving themselves, their immediate relatives, extended families and friends only. Now another party have come to power. You should be patient to wait at least for one term before becoming judgmental. Neither congress or BJP are my relatives. If BJP also works like congress I shall criticize them also.
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                    Ramakrishnan Kinattukara
                    Mar 22, 2017 at 6:50 am
                    I don't know ehich is the source of your statistics. In any case there has been no conviction under section 377 for many decades and there are hardly any prosecutions. Rather than the MP taking up the matter with the CM, he should have taken up with the center. Since CRPC is in the concurrent list even if the state government make amendments, the central law will prevail.
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                      Ramakrishnan Kinattukara
                      Mar 21, 2017 at 11:34 am
                      Is this the number one priority for the MP. Have all other problems o his consuency been solved?
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                        Nation
                        Mar 21, 2017 at 1:14 pm
                        ... and he is some Congressi choice to be the PM... he is more worried about the choices of some oddballs in the country when, the freedom to choose itself is under threat in the country.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;... more b@lls required Mr. MP.
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                          manu
                          Mar 21, 2017 at 3:15 pm
                          Blaming BJP's “religious bigotry” for thwarting the bill, and did nothing when they were in power for ten years!
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                            pravin s
                            Mar 21, 2017 at 12:10 pm
                            why tharor so sympathetic about them something fishy
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                              rk
                              Mar 21, 2017 at 5:07 pm
                              तीन की तो फाड़ चूका है...अब राहुल को तो छोड़ दे..
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                                Vishal Swaroop
                                Mar 21, 2017 at 11:54 am
                                Yes of course sirdia 10% potion belong to that third gender.its oppressing the basic right to a human being under our holy consution book.it should be decriminalised.
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                                  KP
                                  Mar 21, 2017 at 10:02 am
                                  Congress formula for Kerala vikas Congress has really gone into Oblivion there have grown lunatic will harm the nation more make India Congress mukt
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                                    P K
                                    Mar 21, 2017 at 11:15 am
                                    Mr.Taroor,grow up.This is the most urgent action required matter in Kerala.There's no law and order,killing,bombing etc happening with impunity and the Pinarayi regime just looking the other way because their goons are doing goondagiri.And you want to talk about LGBT community,come on Sir,be realistic and do not harp on matters to give you ONLY media exposure.
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                                      Karthik
                                      Mar 21, 2017 at 12:34 pm
                                      i too suspect somethin fishy here...
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