The Indian Supreme Court has agreed to hear a petition by a Hindu astrologer against the New Delhi Court’s recent abolishment of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which decriminalises homosexual sex.
Sushil Kumar Kaushal argued in the document that “even animals don’t indulge in such activities” and that allowing gay sex would help spread HIV/Aids.
“If such abnormality is permitted, then tomorrow people might seek permission for having sex with animals,” Kaushal said.
Since the court annulled the law on July 2nd, there has been opposition from some religious leaders and conservative groups in the country.
The petition will be presented to court on July 20th to see if it has any merit.
Section 377 of the Indian Penal code, set down nearly 100 years ago by British colonists, states that an individual who “voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal” shall be imprisoned for life or for a term exceeding 10 years and be liable to pay a fine.