In A Progressive Move, Muslim Body Says It Won’t Oppose Decriminalisation Of Homosexuality

In what could bring cheer to the Muslim LGBTQ community, the Muslim Law Board has said that it will not oppose decriminalisation of homosexuality. The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) said that it will not contest a move to scrap the colonial-era ban on homosexuality if the Supreme Court decides to do so.

“We left the matter to the Supreme Court. We will not participate in the (Section) 377 proceedings,” AIMPLB member Yusuf Hatim Muchhala told NDTV.

On July 11, the Central government put the onus on the Supreme Court to decide on the criminality of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which criminalises homosexuality. Submitting affidavit in the apex court, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the five-judge constitution bench that the Centre will leave the matter of the constitutionality of Section 377 to be decided by the Supreme Court.

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