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Debate: December Ordinance? - 3

by TIMES NOW 13:24 mins

Debate: December Ordinance? - 3

by TIMES NOW 13:24 mins

Government on Thursday (December 12) promised urgent steps to overturn the Supreme Court ruling declaring homosexuality as illegal amid indications that it could file a curative petition in the apex court. "We will have to change the law. If the Supreme Court has upheld that law, then we will certainly have to take firm steps. Change has to be made fast and any delay cannot take place. We will use all means available to make changes at the earliest," Law Minister Kapil Sibal told reporters in New Delhi in the wake of an uproar over the ruling. Asked whether government could bring a legislation to amend section 377 of the IPC, he said at this stage "time is of the essence. We must decriminalise adult consensual relationships." Responding to questions on the options available with the government, he said "one of the opinion could be to bring it to Parliament at the earliest. The other opinion could be to approach the Supreme Court or take any other route. We will adopt the approach which will give us quick results." Finance Minister P Chidambaram said the Supreme Court ruling was "wrong" and all options would be looked at to set right the apex court order. Terming the judgement "disappointing", he said the court should have applied "current social and moral values" in the case. Amid the storm over the Supreme Court verdict on gay rights issue, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi today expressed disappointment over the order, signalling that Parliament would address the matter. Homosexuality is a matter of personal freedom, it should be upheld, Rahul told reporters adding he agreed with the Delhi High Court verdict which decriminalised homosexuality. Sonia Gandhi expressed her disappointment that the apex court had reversed a previous Delhi High Court judgement decriminalising homosexuality. Gandhi, who is also UPA Chairperson, hoped Parliament will address the issue and uphold the constitutional guarantee of life and liberty to all citizens of India, "including those directly affected by the judgement".In a debate moderated by TIMES NOW's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, panelists -- Meenakshi Lekhi, Advocate, SC; John Dayal, Secy General, All India Christian Council; Sanjay Jha, Spokesperson, Congress; Abdul Qadir Chaudhary, Leader, SP; Ashok Rao Kavi, Member and Founder, Humsafar Trust; Onir, Filmmaker; Anjali Gopalan, Founder and Executive Director, Naz Foundation; Dalip Tahil, Actor and Zafar Sareshwala, Businessman -- discuss whether the Government should guarantee bringing in a December ordinance instead of just criticising the SC ruling.

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