Religious leaders pass resolution against gay sex ruling

NEW DELHI - Maintaining that homosexuality is against Indian culture, religious leaders at a meting here passed a resolution Thursday opposing the Delhi High Court judgement decriminalising gay sex.

In the resolution they passed at their meeting here, the religious leaders from all faiths said that homosexuality is a deviation from normal laws of nature and is not accepted in any religion.

They said they will forward the resolution to the president, vice president and prime minister and request them to “protect our rich heritage and culture”.

Acharya Sadhvi Sadhna, chairperson of World Fellowship of Religions, said: “The judgement passed by the high court is against Indian culture. Homosexuality is not allowed by Indian culture. Foreigners want their children to follow our culture and traditions, and now we are deviating away from our rich culture. India is a leader of religions and we should not allow this to happen. The Jain religion does not allow homosexuality.”

The religious leaders believe that legalization of gay sex is due to the influence of Western culture.

Maha Mantra Das of the Hare Krishna Mission said: “We are upset since this judgement came. Our Vedas tell us to follow our culture and traditions, but now why are we moving away from their teachings? A homosexual person needs a psychiatrist and they should be cured of the disease. They should follow yoga and should do pranayam.”

“Homosexuals cannot donate blood or organs, whereas a normal person can. This just simply implies that they are not normal,” added Sadhna.

Supporting the cause, Dr. K.K. Aggarwal, president of Heart Care Foundation of India, highlighted the medical problems related to homosexuality.

“Medical science has removed the term ‘homosexuality’, it only includes MSM (Men who have sex with men) or WSW (Women who have sex with women). In the US, Canada and Europe the MSM are not allowed to donate blood for life. And in Spain, New Zealand and Australia for one year after the last sexual act a MSM is classified as high risk behaviour. And every blood recipient has a right to know whether or not the blood donor is indulging in high risk behaviour or not.”

“MSMs have a high risk of diseases like Hepatitis B or epilepsy and the infection rate is also higher than a normal human being,” added Aggarwal.

Religious leaders like Kamal Farooqui, chairman of the Minorities Commission, Swami Raghuanandji (Hindu), Father Dominic (Christian), Mahendir Singh (Sikh) and Lama Lob Jang (Buddhist) have signed a resolution seeking review of the court order.

The Delhi High Court decriminalized gay sex between consenting adults by striking down section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on July 2, quoting Jawaharlal Nehru to emphasize that the constitution guaranteed homosexuals rights equal to what other citizens enjoy.

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