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PM to decide on ministers row on homosexuality November 9, 2008

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Published on Sat, Nov 08, 2008 at 20:03, Updated on Sat, Nov 08, 2008 at 22:00 in Nation section

New Delhi: The government still seems divided on the issue of legalising homosexuality. Health Minister Anbumani Ramdoss now says that he will be going to the Prime Minister as he hasn’t been able to get the home minister to see his point of view.

Anbumani Ramadoss and Home Minister Shivraj Patil have been battling it out over the need to legalize homosexuality. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had earlier asked them to resolve their differences privately.

Ramadoss who is in favour of amending article 377 paid a visit to the Home Minister’s residence on Friday afternoon, but nothing came of it. 

“We couldn’t reach any agreement, the meeting wasn’t fruitful,” says Ramadoss.

While Ramadoss is of the opinion that article 377 is impending India’s fight against AIDS, Shivraj Patil believes that any move to relax 377 would lead to a rise in criminal activity.

The article states that, whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature, with any man, woman or animal shall be punishable with imprisonment for life or for a term which may extend to ten years and shall also be liable to fine.

The health minister’s opinion has found favour among homosexuals who’re fighting a case for repealing article 377 in the Delhi High court.

“What does the government have to do with what two consenting adults are doing in their bedroom?” says Sunil Gupta.

The Delhi High court had on Friday reserved its verdict on petitions filed by gay rights activist seeking decriminalization of homosexuality. It seems the court’s views can only help resolve the stalemate.

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Differences on legalising homosexuality unresolved: Ramadoss (Zee News)

Mumbai, Nov 08: Locked in a war of words with the Home Minister on the issue of legalising homosexuality, Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss on Saturday said that his discussions with Shivraj Patil have “not been fruitful” and he would approach the Prime Minister for a speedy resolution. 

Ramadoss, who met Home Minister Patil on the matter yesterday, said “it was not fruitful from the Health Ministry’s point of view”. 

Noting that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had asked him to sort out the issue with the Home Minister, Ramadoss said he would now go back “to the Prime Minister and we hope to have a solution quickly on that”. 

The two Ministries had recently expressed diverse viewpoints on the issue in the Supreme Court following which Ramadoss had said he would approach the Prime Minister on the matter. 

Bureau Report

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