Has a change of dress have brought a change of heart for Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh? Seems so. RSS joint general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale on Thursday said that he doesn’t think homosexuality should be considered a criminal offence. He said while conducting a press conference.
A day after the statement, the RSS leader said that he stands by his statement that homosexuality wasn’t a crime and it should be treated as a psychological case but not be institutionalised.
Answering a question on whether homosexuality is a crime as considered under Article 377 IPC, Hosabale had said, “I don’t think homosexuality should be considered a criminal offence as long as it does not affect the lives of others in society.”
Hosabale had also said, “Sexual preferences are private and personal. Why should RSS express its views in a public forum? RSS has no view on that. It is for people to have their way. Personal preference of sex is not discussed in RSS and we don’t even want to discuss that.”
However, taking to micro-blogging site on Friday, Dattatreya said, “Homosexuality is not a crime, but socially immoral act in our society. No need to punish, but to be treated as a psychological case.”
“Gay marriage is Institutionalisation of homosexuality. It should be prohibited. Approach to homosexuality should be ‘no criminalisation; no glorification either’,” he said in another tweet.
Well, the statement by a RSS leader about homosexuality is a surprise for all as the organisation has always been considered as a trenchant supporter of the section 377 which criminalises gay sex.