NEW DELHI: Union Law Minister Sadananda Gowda on Tuesday said that he has been misquoted with regards to his statement on IPC Section 377 and added that he never mentioned the scrapping of the same.
“It is totally misquoted. When I was asked about the judgment that was given by the US court, I said that it is not an easy task in our country. So, the people of that country might have accepted it but here it has to be widely debated. Only then can something be done. Otherwise, it is not an easy task. So, we have no idea of scrapping or doing anything about [Section] 377,” Gowda told ANI.
“Of course, there was a debate with regards to the transgender issue on the floor of the House in the Rajya Sabha. That has been discussed and debated. Nothing else was said,” he added.
According to reports, Gowda had earlier indicated that India could move towards abolishing Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalises 'unnatural sex', paving way for the recognition of homosexual rights in the country.