Notice to Centre on Plea to Legalise Homosexuality
Hindu, April 1, 2005
By Our Legal Correspondent
NEW DELHI—The Supreme Court today
issued notice to the Centre, the Delhi Government and four others on a special
leave petition filed by a non-governmental organisation (NGO) seeking to
legalise homosexuality and to declare as unconstitutional Section 377 of the
Indian Penal Code (IPC) which makes unnatural sex a criminal offence.
A Bench of Justice Y.K. Sabharwal and Justice P.P.
Naolekar issued the notice on the SLP filed by Naz Foundation against a Delhi
High Court order dismissing the writ petition. The others to whom the notice
was issued were the Delhi Police commissioner, the Delhi State AIDS Control
Society, the National AIDS Control Organisation and the Joint Action Council,
Kannur, returnable in four weeks.
The Naz Foundation, claiming to be working for creating
awareness among the AIDS/HIV-affected people, moved the petition in the High
Court in 2001 seeking the quashing of Section 377 of the IPC saying that it
was important for making homosexuals aware of the ill-effects of AIDS.
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