Prashant Bhushan welcomes Jaitley’s views on Section 377
New Delhi, Nov 29 (ANI): Senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan on Sunday welcomed Finance Minister Arun Jaitley ‘s assertion that the Supreme Court should reconsider its decision upholding Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, saying the government can go ahead and delete the section instead of waiting for the apex court to review its judgement. Speaking at the Times Lit Fest yesterday, Jaitley had said that the apex court should not have reversed the Delhi High Court order de-criminalizing consensual sex among homosexuals. In December 2013, the Supreme Court had overturned the Delhi High Court’s July 2009 judgement, which had declared Section 377 as unconstitutional. Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code criminalizes homosexual acts, stating it is ‘against the order of nature’.
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