Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has ignited the debate on Section 377 with his comments at the Time of India LitFest. He said that the Supreme Court's decision to criminalise consensual same-sex relations and uphold the constitutionality of Section 377 was out of sync with the prevalent jurisprudence across the world.
What's also interesting is that Jaitley's comments and the ignited debate around gay rights coincide with the Delhi Pride Parade, started by the Delhi Queer Pride community.BJP's stand on homosexuality is not clear, on papers others would see in it an attempt by the government to shirk its responsibility. This sentiment was curtly expressed by transgender rights activist Laxmi Narayan Tripathi when our reporter asked her for a reaction on Jaitley's comments.
Her response was:
"They should stop the hypocrisy and bring up 377 in Parliament and strike it off the statute books."
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(With inputs from Durga M Sengupta)