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Ramadoss to take up with PM Home Ministry’s stand on gay right September 30, 2008

Posted by nitinkarani in English, Section 377, Times of India.
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Times of India – Ramadoss to take up with PM Home Ministry’s stand on gay rights, 30 Sep 2008

NEW DELHI: Apparently upset by his ministry being ticked off by Home Ministry over legalising homosexuality, Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss on Tuesday asked the MHA to be “more responsible” and said he would take up the matter with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. “These are not my views. They are the views of the department,” Ramadoss told reporters here while talking about his ministry’s contention that homosexuality should be legalised. His comments came a day the Home Ministry, which is opposing the Health Ministry’s suggestion for legalising homosexuality, told the Delhi High Court that the Health Ministry’s views on the issue should be ignored. Reflecting his unhappiness over the Home Ministry’s contention, Ramadoss asked it to be “more responsible”. “I will take up the matter with the Prime Minister,” he said. The court, during the last hearing, had pulled up the government for speaking in two voices on the issue as the Union Home Ministry suggested not to decriminalise gay sex on moral grounds while the Health Ministry proposed to abolish the penal provision which carries a punishment of upto life imprisonment for such acts. The Health Minister had sought legalisation of homosexuality arguing that it can help in better treatment of people suffering from HIV/AIDS. The High Court pulled up the government today also for speaking in two voices.


Govt tells HC to ignore Ramadoss’ views on allowing gay sex September 29, 2008

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Mon, Sep 29 05:53 PM
New Delhi, Sep 29 (PTI) The government, under flak for taking a contradictory stand on the homosexuality law, today told the Delhi High Court not to consider Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss’ views on allowing gay sex among consenting adults. “It doesn’t matter what the minister says.
It is also not important what the affidavit says. It is for the court to decide the issue,” Additional Solicitor General P P Malhotra said before a bench headed by Chief Justice A P Shah.
The Centre’s response came after the court on the last hearing had pulled it up for speaking in two voices on the homosexuality law. In a contradictory stand taken by Health and Home ministry, the former had suggested decriminalisation of gay sex while the latter said that the penal provision against such acts cannot be scrapped.