Some things are hard to change. One of them is the Union government’s cussedness over decriminalization of homosexuality.
The Centre on Monday told the Delhi high court that health minister A. Ramadoss’ view that gay sex among consenting adults being fine was not its stand.
This comes on the heels of the government telling the court that section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalizes homosexuality could not be scrapped. It had received a rebuke from the court.
On Monday, the government made an attempt to rectify the situation, but continued to hold its position. Additional solicitor general P.P. Malhotra said the minister’s stand did not matter and it was for the court to decide on the issue. There has been debate on the subject and the view now is that it’s simply wrong to criminalize someone’s personal preferences.
It represents one more example of unwarranted state control over the lives of citizens. It’s time the government paid heed.