Indian army chief draws flak over ‘no gay sex’ remarks

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01/11/2019

India’s army chief drew flak on Friday for saying gay sex would not be tolerated among soldiers, months after the country scrapped a colonial-era ban on same-sex relations. General Bipin Rawat said gay sex was unacceptable in his army – one of the largest in the world with more than a million soldiers – drawing accusations of homophobia. “If you guys (civilians) want to do it, go ahead, but it will not happen here,” Rawat said on Thursday at a press conference in New Delhi about the verdict. “I am not saying we are above the law but we will see. I can’t say what will happen 20 years down the line. In a landmark judgment last September, India’s Supreme Court struck down a law banning gay sex that dated back to British rule.

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