NEW DELHI: Religious leaders on Sunday adopted a resolution urging all political parties to accept the Supreme Court’s verdict upholdingSection 377 that criminalises homosexuality. At a public convention organised by Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, leaders of major religions warned the government and political parties against legalising homosexuality.
Calling efforts to decriminalise homosexuality a “filthy experiment, the religious leaders said in the resolution, “We will never accept it if they (government and political parties) do it ignoring religious teachings, eastern culture and opinion of the overwhelming majority of the people.”
Earlier, Jamaat president Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari said, “Homosexuality is against Indian culture and tradition. Our laws also make it illegal.”
Besides Maulana Umari, religious leaders participating in the convention at the India Islamic Cultural Centre include Shankaracharya Omkarananda Saraswati of Prayag Peeth, Akal Takht jathedar Singh Saheb Gurwachan Singh, Acharya Dr Lokesh Muni of the Ahimsa Vishwa Dharma, Father M D Thomas, Shahi Imam of Fatehpuri Masjid Maulana Mufti Mukarram Ahmed and Delhi minorities commission chairman Safdar H Khan.
The religious leaders believed the SC’s “historic decision” saved the country from hurtling down “the path of destruction”.
“The convention is 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,” the resolution said.
Hitting out at the UPA government, Omkarananda told TOI, “People of an alien culture are running the government at the Centre. That’s why the Centre is taking such steps as review of SC verdict on homosexuality.”
Acharya Lokesh Muni, homosexuality is contrary to India’s moral, social and cultural values.
Religious leaders at the convention urged “supporters of western culture to take homosexuality as a crime” and save the country from this “heinous act”.