Homosexuality will not be tolerated, says Indian army chief

Gen Rawat says army very Indian army 'very conservative'

Tribune Report January 10, 2019
Indian army chief Gen Bipin Rawat. PHOTO: FILE

Indian Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat on Thursday said that homosexuality would not be tolerated in the armed forces, according to NDTV.

He made the comment when asked his take on the Supreme Court decriminalising homosexuality last year.

"We will not allow this to happen in the army , in the army LGBT issues... are not unacceptable. We will still be dealing with them under various sections of the Army Act," said General Rawat, addressing his annual press conference.

"We are not above the country's law but when you join the Indian Army, some of the rights and privileges you enjoy are not what we have. Some things are different for us, but we are certainly not above the Supreme Court," he said.

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"We will have to see how we take a call, let us also see how it comes into the society, whether it's accepted or not... I can't say what will happen 20 years down the line."

A five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court last September unanimously decriminalised a part of a colonial-era law under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which banned "consensual unnatural sex", saying it violated the rights to equality.

Asked about the Supreme Court also ruling that adultery is not a crime, General Rawat said the Army is "very conservative".

He added, "We are neither modernised, nor westernised."

The army chief was asked these questions after a former general suggested in an article that the armed forces can continue to enforce their own rules on gay sex and adultery even after the Supreme Court orders.

The article originally appeared in NDTV


ABC | 3 years ago | Reply Indian of course
Laila | 3 years ago | Reply Well I am not aware of any military where homosexuality is practised at work. You are there to work. The sexlife and sexual orientation of people should remain private when they Work in public. What they do on their own time in their private lives is none of anybodys business. Live and let live. We all must answer for ourselves. So how about we dont judge each other and just focus on the actual struggles in life.
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