New Delhi; 15th March 2023: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has (JIH) expressed its opposition to same-sex marriages.
In a media statement, JIH Vice-President Prof. Salim Engineer said, “the JIH is opposed to same-sex marriages. We feel that the correct and universally accepted meaning of marriage refers to the marriage between a man and a woman. Any tampering therein would go against our civilizational values as well as disturb the many personal laws of the country.” He held that the JIH was also opposed to the decriminalisation of Section 377 of the IPC, which permitted the gay sex among consenting adults.
Agreeing with the government’s position regarding same-sex marriages as expressed in its affidavit in the Supreme Court of India, Prof. Salim has asserted that JIH firmly believes in the fundamental rights of all citizens and is a strong advocate of freedom and minority rights. However, he added, “we wish to remind fellow citizens that with freedom comes moral responsibility, and no society can accept crimes, vices and anarchy in the name of freedom and personal liberty. We feel that allowing and promoting same-sex marriages will pose a great danger to the well-entrenched family system in society. It will violate the rights of men and women and damage the moral fibre of society.”
The JIH Vice-President has appealed to the citizens, the government and all political parties to save the country from falling into sexual anarchy, perversion, and deviation.