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Homosexuality not a Criminal Offence, says RSS

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RSS Joint General Secretary Dattatreya Hosabale who said that homosexuality should not be considered a criminal offence on Friday clarified that though homosexuality should not be considered as crime but gay marriages should be prohibited as it is institutionalization of Homosexuality.

“Homosexuality is not a crime, but socially immoral act in our society. No need to punish, but to be treated as a psychological case. Gay marriage is Institutionalization of homosexuality. It should be prohibited,” he wrote on twitter.

Homosexuality is not a crime, but socially immoral act in our society. No need to punish, but to be treated as a psychological case.

To a question on whether homosexuality is a crime as considered under Article 377 IPC, RSS Joint General Secretary Dattatreya Hosabale on Thursday said, “I don’t think homosexuality should be considered a criminal offence as long as it does not affect the lives of others in society.”

He said, “Sexual preferences are private and personal. Why should RSS express its views in a public forum? RSS has no view on that. It is for people to have their way. Personal preference of sex is not discussed in RSS and we don’t even want to discuss that.”

Activists have challenged a Supreme Court ruling upholding the colonial-era Section 377 that says gay sex is a crime that can lead to 10 years in jail.

Political parties tread cautiously on the subject though individual politicians have supported the cause of gay rights activists.

Section 377 of Indian Penal Code terms homosexuality as unnatural and carries a maximum punishment of 10 years in jail. Going by the global trends in this regard, there have been demands within the country to decriminalise homosexuality.

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