The RSS does not believe that homosexuality is a crime.
Yes, RSS’s Joint General Secretary Dattatreya Hosabale even went on saying that the organization will not even have an opinion on this because “sexual preferences are personal issues”.
This is what he said on the first day of the two-day India Today Conclave 2016:
Homosexuality is a punishable offence under Section 377 of the IPC and carries a maximum punishment of ten years imprisonment.
So what does RSS’ contention on homosexuality mean? Will the BJP, most members of which are products of RSS, go ahead and decriminalize homosexuality?
No because Hosabale also tweeted this:
Homosexuality is not a crime, but socially immoral act in our society. No need to punish, but to be treated as a psychological case.
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— Dattatreya Hosabale (@DattaHosabale) March 18, 2016
Though Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had called for its decriminalization, a bill to that effect was defeated in the Lok Sabha last week, where the BJP is in huge numbers.
This happened in recent past on the subject of homosexuality in India:
There are 70 countries, most of them Islamic, in the world where homosexuality is criminalised and India is one of them.