Gay sex will not be allowed in the Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said when asked about the Supreme Court verdict of decriminalisation of gay sex. “We will not allow this to happen in the Army,” said General Rawat, addressing his annual press conference. He said the Indian army has its own laws on homosexuality. “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,” he added.
In what was hailed as a historic move, a five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court last September unanimously decriminalised part of the 158-year-old colonial law under Section 377 of the IPC which criminalises consensual unnatural sex, saying it violated the rights to equality.
When asked about the court ruling on adultery, he said the Army is conservative. “We can’t allow it to perpetrate into the Army,” the Army chief said.
“For LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) issues, in the Army these are not acceptable. We will still be dealing with them under various sections of the Army Act,” he said. At the same time, he added that the Army is not above the law.
The previous year, the Supreme Court had struck down an anti-adultery law, saying it was unconstitutional, dented the individuality of women and treated them as “chattel of husbands”.