NEW DELHI: Leaders of various religious groups on Thursday described as “shocking, deplorable and unfortunate” the recent Delhi High Court judgment that decriminalised homosexuality.
At a joint press conference, they said that in the wake of the judgment there were attempts by various quarters to encourage and popularise “unnatural” sexual behaviour and “perversion.” “Such unhealthy attempts are totally unacceptable in a country which has rich cultural and ethical traditions,” they said.
“It is an undeniable fact that unnatural sex undermines the family system, corrupts the social atmosphere, leads to moral degradation and is injurious to health. The attempt to popularise unnatural inclination in the name of democratic rights is totally misguided,” said a statement signed by Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari, president of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind; Shankaracharya Onkaranand; Father Dominic Emmanuel, spokesperson and Director Delhi Catholic Archdiocese; Acharya Lokesh Muni of Ahimsa Vishwa Bharati and Daljeet Singh of the Dharma Pracharak Committee of the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee.
“It must be realised that the domain of individual rights cannot be extended to include unnatural tendencies and perversions. The individual rights, as is well-known, are not absolute but are subject to public order, morality and health. The social fabric cannot be permitted to be disrupted in the name of individual freedom,” they said.
Hindu, Jain, Muslim, Sikh, and Catholic Religious Leaders, The Hindu 38 Comments
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