New Delhi, January 10: Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Wednesday while addressing an Annual press conference in Delhi said that homosexual "activities" are not acceptable in Army as it is conservative in nature. Rawat further said that the Army would be dealing with them under various sections of the Army Act. Indian Army Working as Peacekeepers in Jammu And Kashmir: General Bipin Rawat.
According to ANI, Rawat, when asked about Supreme Court's verdict legalising gay sex, 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." Army Has Managed Situation Well Along China, Pakistan Borders, Says Chief Bipin Rawat at Annual Press Conference.
Army Chief General Bipin Rawat addressing an annual press conference in Delhi: 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. pic.twitter.com/CKegft94in
— ANI (@ANI) January 10, 2019
Supreme Court on its historic verdict decriminalised Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) which allowed lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) to marry, sharing of insurance, and inheritance of property, among others. However, General Rawat said it remains offence in the Indian Army. Gay Sex Legal in India: LGBTQ Community Celebrates Decriminalization of Section 377.
On the use of social media in Army, Rawat said that army cannot ban the social media, however, he advised officers and jawans to use it for constructive purposes. “Social media is there to stay. We cannot deny people to not use social media, but we have issued very explicit instructions on the use of social media. We have explained to our people how social media is used by our adversaries to trap us and get valuable information out of us," General Rawat said.