Baba Ramdev welcomes SC’s verdict on Section 377

New Delhi, Dec 11: Welcoming the Supreme Court’s verdict holding consensual sex between adults of the same gender an offence, yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Wednesday said homosexuality is just a bad addiction and added that yoga can cure it.

“Homosexuality is not genetic. If our parents were homosexuals, then we would not have been born. So it’s unnatural,” Ramdev told media here.

He further invited the gay community to his yoga ashram, saying, “I guarantee to cure them of homosexuality.”

“I invite the gay community to my yoga ashram and I guarantee to cure them of homosexuality.

He also questioned the contribution of the gay community in streams like science and economics and also said that he would pray that all the journalists present at the press conference would not ‘turn’ into homosexuals.

In a major setback for the largely closeted homosexual community in India, the apex court today said gay sex between consenting adults is a criminal offence.

The apex court set aside the Delhi High Court’s 2009 judgement that homosexuality should not be treated as a criminal offence, which had been challenged by anti-gay rights activists, social and religious organisations.

The apex court had reserved its order in March last year, after day-to-day hearing in the case lasted an entire month.

The Delhi High Court had in 2009 decriminalised gay sex as provided in Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and had ruled that sex between two consenting adults in private would not be an offence.

Section 377 (unnatural offences) of the IPC makes gay sex a criminal offence entailing punishment up to life term. Senior BJP leader BP Singhal has challenged the high court verdict in the Supreme Court, saying such acts are illegal, immoral and against the ethos of Indian

culture.

Religious organisations like All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Utkal Christian Council and Apostolic Churches Alliance too have challenged the judgement. (ANI)