New Delhi [India], Jan 8 (ANI): Hours after the Supreme Court decided to review the constitutional validity of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which criminalises homosexuality, the LGBTQ activists on Monday expressed faith in the apex court to finally overturn its 2013 verdict that criminalised homosexuality.
Akkai also called upon all political leaders to support the rights of the community.
"We are living in 21st century. All politicians and political parties must break their silence and support individuals' sexuality," Akkai said.
A three-judge bench, which was hearing a plea, filed by one Navtej Singh Johar, seeking to declare section 377 as unconstitutional, on Monday said the validity of anti-gay law needed to be revisited.
Meanwhile, social activist Rahul Easwar sided with the SC's 2013 decision, but nevertheless called its social acceptance before legal acceptance.
"It is still not proven if homosexuality is a scientific aspect or a cultural aspect. In the nature versus nurture debate, people like me who lean to the right conservative side hold that it is more of a nurture thing which can be corrected," Easwar told ANI.
Citing above reason, Easwar observed that differing opinions should be respected and further discussions and debates should happen before drafting a law. (ANI)