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