Congress slams Modi Govt for not taking stand on Section 377 in SC

Congress on July 11 slammed Modi government for not taking a stand on decriminalising consensual same sex relations under Section 377, claiming the government believes in “such draconian laws”

Photo by Vijayanand Gupta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images
Photo by Vijayanand Gupta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images
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With the Narendra Modi government leaving decriminalising consensual same sex relations under Section 377 to the wisdom of the Supreme Court, Congress on Wednesday slammed it for not taking a stand on the issue and claimed it the government believes in "such draconian laws".

"It is extremely unfortunate that after evolving as a society, we continue to hold on to some draconian law which has no place in these times,” said Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi.

"The fact that government has not taken a stance on the issue and put the onus on the Hon'ble Supreme Court goes on to show that Modiji's government continues to believe in such draconian laws," added Chaturvedi.

"It has let down a huge section of people, who voted for him (Modi) and BJP hoping that they will be able to bring about a change."

The Central government on Wednesday, July 11 said it was leaving it to the wisdom of the Supreme Court to decide if Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that effectively criminalises consensual same sex relations was constitutionally valid.

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