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Religious leaders welcome SC order on Art. 377


New Delhi: Hindu Muslim, Christian, Sikh and Jain religious leaders welcomed Supreme Court verdict on Article 377 and warned Government of India to desist from any move which legalises homosexuality. They said this in a press conference on 19 December where the following statement was issued:

“The decision of the Supreme Court on Article 377 is not only in line with the eastern traditions of this country, moral values and religious teachings but it also removes apprehensions about invasion of western culture and disintegration of family system and fabric of social life - the inevitable fallouts of the Delhi High Court order of 2009 wherein it decriminalized homosexuality.

“Our India is a religious country whose overwhelming majority believes in religion and upholds traditions of the east. All religions emphasise on construction of a family through marital relation between men and women, on which depend not only the existence of human race and lasting peace and tranquillity in the society but it also establishes the respected and central position of woman in the society.

“The Constitution of the country has rightly described homosexuality as a punishable offence. It is because homosexuality not only prevents evolution and progress of human race but also destroys family system and social relations. Moreover, it is a great danger to public health. Medical research has also found it as a basic reason for the spread of AIDS.

“As leaders of different religious organisations, we welcome the decision of the Supreme Court (delivered on 11 Dec 2013). With this historic decision, the apex court has kept the country from going on to the path of destruction. We are concerned that lovers of western culture, in the name of individual freedom, minority rights and other lame excuses, are putting pressure on political parties and governments for amendment in the law so that this shameless and criminal offence could be legalized.

“We warn the government and political parties that we will never accept it if they do it ignoring religious teachings, eastern culture and opinion of the overwhelming majority of the people. Such filthy experiments have destroyed human society and violated the rights of women at a large scale in the west. We should learn from it.

“We the leaders of different religious organizations appeal to the government and all political parties to accept this revolutionary and wise decision of the Supreme Court with open heart. We urge the supporters of western culture to take homosexuality as a crime and come forward to save the society of the country from this heinous act.

Issued by Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari (Amir (National President), Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Maulana Mufti Mukarram Ahmad, Shahi Imam, Fatehpuri Masjid, Jagat Guru Swami Omkaranand, Gyani Ranjit Singh, Chief Priest, Bangla Saheb, Fr. Dominic Emmanuel

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 January 2014 on page no. 13

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