06/29/2017

New Delhi,controversial law that criminalises homosexuality in India home to 2.3 million 10 percent of them are infected with HIV

By Live Dr - Mon Jun 29, 7:26 pm

New Delhi, (IANS) Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad Monday was non-committal on backing the gay community but emphasised the need for a broader “consensus” on the issue, even as his predecessor Anbumani Ramadoss had strongly advocated during his five-year term the scrapping of the controversial law that criminalises homosexuality in India.
Azad said: “I don’t want to give my view or the ministry’s view. It is a big issue and there are both negative and positive sides. It involves culture of the country and problems like diseases and harassment. There should be big debate on this issue.”

Azad told reporters that there should be a “broader consensus across party lines to sort out the matter. Parliamentarians might have some questions on this and I don’t want to thrust my or others’ views. We want a total consensus and one opinion of the government in this issue.”

However, the stand was different from Ramadoss, who openly spoke in favour of homosexuals during the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.

“Section 377 of the IPC (Indian Penal Code), which criminalises men who have sex with men, must go. I want to do away with it to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS,” Ramadoss had said on many occasions during his tenure.

India is home to 2.3 million homosexuals and at least 10 percent of them are infected with HIV. Ramadoss had maintained that since a huge number of homosexuals fall under the high risk group, continuing with the criminal tag would only force them to go underground.

“We need to accept it as a problem as the provision is preventing our work to control, curb and reverse the AIDS situation,” Ramadoss had said.

India is home to 2.5 million HIV/AIDS patients including 80,000 children below the age of 15.

Azad’s statement came after news reports that the central government was considering repealing Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code to legalise homosexuality.

2 Comments

Comments -49 - 0 of 2First« PrevNext »Last
  1. Nearly a century, montblanc (Mont Blanc) famous for manufacturing classical writing instruments, Mont Blanc the name represents the art of writing (the art of writing), Allen white marker pen on the top of the mount Blanc is the highest mountain in Europe overlooking the shape of the symbol of the highest mountain in Europe Mont Blanc (Mont Blanc) crown of snow mountain, the mountain peaks, the highest point to 4810 meters above sea level, and on each pen “4810” is the height of the Mont Blanc, the Numbers usually ring used for a variety of topics. And pure handmade, after 25 working procedure of written, more make the MONT BLANC writing tools as solid as MONT BLANC and noble. MontBlanc Ballpoint Outlet http://www.ochaopt.org/documents/ocha_opt_pen.aspx

  2. Hi there! I understand this is somewhat off-topic but I needed to ask.
    Does operating a well-established blog like yours take a massive amount work?
    I am comlletely new to running a blog however Ido write inn my diary daily.
    I’d like to start a blog so I can easily share my personal experience
    and views online. Please let me know if you have any kind of ideas or tips for new aspiring blog owners.
    Appreciate it!

Comments -49 - 0 of 2First« PrevNext »Last

Leave a Reply