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Gay sex verdict: ASG questions SC’s ‘double standards’

Why send it to Parliament when SC itself is the observer of human rights,asked ASG Indira Jaisingh.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi |
Updated: January 10, 2014 1:30:39 pm

In an unusual instance,the Supreme Court’s ruling against decriminalising gay sex between consenting adults drew scathing criticism from an Additional Solicitor General of India.

ASG Indira Jaisingh questioned the court’s “double standards” over asking the Parliament to take the final call on amending or repealing Section 377 of the IPC.

“What surprises me is the double standards here. When it is a question of human rights,why send it to the Parliament when the Supreme Court is itself the observer of the human rights,” she commented after the verdict. Jaisingh said that the SC’s ruling has made the situation “worse” for the community since the contention now has the stamp of the highest court of the land.

“This judgement goes contrary to the values in the Constitution of India,” she said. The ASG also regretted the “male bonding” over the issue of Justice A K Ganguly,who is in the eye of storm over sexual harassment accusations. “I am deeply disturbed by Justice Ganguly’s refusal to step down as the chairperson (of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission),” she said.

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