Religious leaders from Hindu, Muslim, Jain, Sikh and Christian
communities met in the national capital on Thursday to vehemently
oppose the July 2 ruling of the Delhi High Court, which has been
hailed by sections of the media and sociologists as a landmark court
verdict towards legalizing same sex relationships.
They expressed concern that the ruling that gay sex was no longer a
crime would erode moral values and Indian ethos.
"This is a conspiracy to finish the country''s moral values and they
are a part of it. We should be watchful and make sure an atmosphere
is created sustaining our moral values and also avoiding such acts
to take place," said Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari, president of
Jamaat- e-Islami Hind.
Father Dominic Emmanuel, Director of Delhi Catholic Archdiocese,
said though they "sympathize" with the sexual minorities and would
not want them hounded as "criminals", yet a legal immunity would be
implied as promoting "unnatural" sexual relationships.
"I feel there is only a technical difference in it. Even they
(religious leaders) say we do not consider them as criminals and
express our full sympathy towards them (gays). But I feel in all
religions it is considered a crime as it is unnatural," Emmanuel
Shankara Acharya Omkar Anandji claimed gay sex would place mankind
on the path to doom.
"We believe that the ruling should be annulled else our future
generations will be finished," said Anandji.