Jamaat-E-Islami holds Joint Press Conference of Religious Leaders to oppose Gay Rights
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind- India’s largest and most influential body of Muslim clerics- on Thursday organized a joint press conference of different religious leaders to raise voice in unison against attempts by the Government to decriminalize homosexuality. All leaders welcomed the apex court order upholding the Article 377 which holds homosexuality a criminal offence. They warned the government against any move to nullify the order and legalize homosexuality.
The press conference was addressed by Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari, Amir (National President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Jagat Guru Swami Omkaranand, Gyani Ranjit Singh, Chief Priest, Bangla Saheb Gurudwara and Fr. Dominic Emmanuel. Jamaat secretaries Maulana Rafeeque Qasmi and Mohammad Ahmed were also present at the occasion.
The decision of the Supreme Court on Article 377 is not only in line with the eastern traditions of this country, moral values and religious teachings but it also removes apprehensions about invasion of western culture and disintegration of family system and fabric of social life – the inevitable fallouts of the Delhi High Court order of 2009 wherein it decriminalized homosexuality.
Our India is a religious country whose overwhelming majority believes in religion and upholds traditions of the east. All religions emphasize on construction of a family through marital relation between men and women, on which depend not only the existence of human race and lasting peace and tranquillity in the society but it also establishes the respected and central position of woman in the society.
The Constitution of the country has rightly described homosexuality as a punishable offence. It is because homosexuality not only prevents evolution and progress of human race but also destroys family system and social relations. Moreover, it is a great danger to public health. Medical research has also found it as a basic reason for the spread of AIDS.
As leaders of different religious organizations, we welcome the decision of the Supreme Court (delivered on 11 Dec 2013). With this historic decision, the apex court has kept the country from going on to the path of destruction. We are 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.
We warn the government and political parties that we will never accept it if they do it ignoring religious teachings, eastern culture and opinion of the overwhelming majority of the people. Such filthy experiments have destroyed human society and violated the rights of women at a large scale in the west. We should learn from it.
We the leaders of different religious organizations appeal to the government and all political parties to accept this revolutionary and wise decision of the Supreme Court with open heart. We urge the supporters of western culture to take homosexuality as a crime and come forward to save the society of the country from this heinous act.