RSS leader shifts his stand, says gay sex is so­cially im­moral

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: A day af­ter say­ing ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity should not be treated as a crim­i­nal of­fence, RSS of­fice-bearer Dat­ta­treya Hos­a­bale did a U- tur n on Fri­day. He tweeted, “Ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity is not a crime, but so­cially im­moral act in our so­ci­ety. No need to pun­ish, but to be treated as a psy­cho­log­i­cal case.” The RSS joint gen­eral sec­re­tary also tweeted that gay mar­riage should be pro­hib­ited.

Speak­ing at the In­dia To­day Con­clave on Thurs­day, he had 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.”

His state­ment was in re­sponse to a ques­tion on whether ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity is a crime as con­sid­ered un­der Ar­ti­cle 377 IPC, which terms ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity “un­nat­u­ral” and car­ries a max­i­mum pun­ish­ment of 10 years in jail.

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