Despite SC verdict “Army will not allow gay sex,” says Gen Bipin Rawat

Gen Bipin Rawat

The Hush Post |15:40 am |two-minute-read

The Supreme Court verdict which decriminalises gay sex may not be implemented in the Army. Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat on Thursday suggested that the apex court verdict on decriminalisation of gay sex may not be implemented in the Army.

Gen Rawat, during his annual press conference, said such actions are forbidden in the military.

At the same time, he added that the Army is not above the law. However, he said, “We will not allow this to happen in the Army.”

In what was hailed as a historic verdict, a five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court last September unanimously decriminalised part of the 158-year-old law under Section 377 of the IPC. It criminalised consensual unnatural sex, saying it violated the rights to equality.

When asked about the court ruling on adultery, he said the Army is conservative.

“We can’t allow it to perpetrate into the Army,” the Army chief said. Last year, the Supreme Court had struck down a colonial-era anti-adultery law, saying it was unconstitutional. It said that it dented the individuality of women and treated them as “chattel of husbands.”

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