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Will not allow gay sex, adultery in Army: Gen. Rawat

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Gen. Bipin Thursday said gay sex and will not be allowed in the Indian Army, months after the decriminalised homosexuality and struck down a colonial-era law.

"In the Army, it is not acceptable," he told a press conference while replying to a question on impact of the Supreme Court's two historic verdicts.

The said though his force is not above the law, it will not be possible to allow gay sex and in the

"The Army is conservative. The Army is a family. We cannot allow this to perpetrate into the Army," he said on adultery, adding soldiers and officers deployed along the borders cannot be allowed to be worried about their family.

The conduct of the Army personnel is governed by the Army Act.

"In the Army we never thought this can happen. Anything that was thought of was put in the Army Act. It was something which was unheard of when the Army Act was made. We never thought this is going to happen. We never allow it. Therefore it was not put in the Army Act," he said.

He further said, "I think anything what is being said or talked about will not be allowed to happen in the "

At the same time Gen. said the Army is not above the law and that the is the highest judicial body of the country.

The Army has been grappling with cases of adultery and the accused often face court-martial. In Army parlance, adultery is defined as "stealing the affection of a brother officer's wife".

"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," the Army said, addressing the press conference ahead of the on January 15.

In what was hailed as a historic move, a five-judge constitution bench of the last September unanimously decriminalised part of the 158-year-old under Section 377 of the IPC which criminalises consensual unnatural sex, saying it violated the rights to equality.

The apex court last year had also struck down a 158-year-old which it said treated women as "chattel of husbands". The law provided for punishing a man for an affair but not the woman.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 17:55 IST
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