SC verdict on 377: Sushma Swaraj wants an all-party meeting

As India continues to debate and discuss Supreme Court's verdict on Section  377 of the IPC, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj refused to comment on the party's stand and said it would make its stand public only after an all party meet.

"Call an all-party meeting on Section 377 and we'll discuss this issue after that," said Swaraj.

 SC verdict on 377: Sushma Swaraj wants an all-party meeting

Sushma Swaraj. PTI

Meanwhile, Meenakshi Lekhi was earlier quoted by Live Mint as saying, “We welcome the decision of the court because it is important that Section 377 remains. It is not only women who can be exploited and harassed but men also get exploited so there is a need for a law to protect men too."

The government today said it is considering all options to decriminalise homosexuality and filing a curative petition in the apex court could be one of them.

"The Government is considering all options to restore the (Delhi) High Court verdict on (Section) 377 (of IPC). We must decriminalise adult consensual relationships," Law Minister Kapil Sibal said.

Finance Minister P Chidambaram said the Supreme Court ruling was "wrong" and all options would be looked at to set right the Supreme Court order. Terming the judgement "disappointing", he said the court should have applied "current social and moral values" in the case.

He said the government should file a review or curative petition and that the matter should be heard by a five-bench judge.

With agency inputs

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Updated Date: Dec 12, 2013 16:34:00 IST