BJP used its brute majority in Lok Sabha to thwart Shashi Tharoor’s second attempt to introduce a private member’s bill to decriminalise homosexuality.
Tharoor said it was “religious bigotry” of the ruling party that had disallowed discussion on his private bill to amend the “colonial era” section 377 of the IPC which criminalises homosexuality, adding that Parliament was a place for open deliberations on all issues.
The Lok Sabha, for the second time in three months, voted against the introduction of Tharoor’s Indian Penal Code (Amendment) Bill 2016 to amend Section 377 of the IPC.
58 out of 73 members present voted against introduction of the Bill, while 14 favoured it. One member abstained from voting.
Expressing anguish at the rejection of his bill at the introduction stage, Tharoor said it was “a low in the proud annals of Indian democracy” where “brute majority prevailed over the rights of a member” to bring the measure.
The Congress member regretted that the House was not allowed to deliberate on a law which was framed by the British rulers on the principles of Victorian morality.
Tharoor’s previous attempt to introduce a similar bill in the Lok Sabha on December 18 too was voted out.
Really, we can’t expect anything from homophobic prejudiced parliament, all hopes on Supreme Court’s upcoming hearing on section 377 by a five-judge bench.