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Exploring a few negative reactions to the 377 verdict

To nobody’s surprise, not all were happy with the Supreme Court’s landmark judgement that junked a part of Section 377 and decriminalised gay sex among consulting adults!

A few groups and individuals that were a part of this group include:

 

Subramaniam Swamy: Senior BJP Leader Swamy made his displeasure pretty evident after the judgement and said to a leading portal, “There is no finality in the Supreme Court’s judgement today. This judgement can be overturned by a seven-judge bench.” He added that the verdict would only give rise to “social evils” and would lead to sexually transmitted diseases. Referring to homosexuality as a “genetic disorder”, he said the verdict could give rise to issues like a rise in the number of HIV cases, gay bars, etc.

Indian Church Bishops: In an official statement, Indian bishops also said that legalisation of homosexuality does not imply that it is morally acceptable since it violates the purpose of human sexuality, which is procreation. Father Stephen Fernandes, secretary to the Indian bishops' office for justice, peace and development released an official statement where he criticised the judgement but also maintained that the Church respects the dignity of homosexuals as human beings and human rights flowing from human dignity and personhood.

A few Hindu and Muslim religious leaders were also not too happy with the verdict including Hindu spiritual guru Goswami Sushil Ji Maharaj who commented that homosexuality does not align with the meaning of creation. According to him, God created men and women for a purpose and for some people to think differently in contemporary times is not morally acceptable. Muhammad Arif, chairman of the Centre for Harmony and Peace in the central state of Uttar Pradesh also maintained a similar stand and in fact added to the above by saying that homosexuality and gay culture are all Western ideals that might be fit in a few other cultures but Indian society is definitely not ready to take these changes in today’s times.

Jamaat-e-Islami Hind also expressed their disappointment on this historic day and an official press statement by The Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) mentioned how Jamaat-e-Islami Hind is dismayed and disappointed over the Supreme Court verdict to legalize homosexual behaviour between two consenting adults.

 

Many others feel that this verdict has lent the country a ray of hope, especially to those who are a part of the struggle for justice and equality.  Truly, this judgement closes the door to what was a very dark chapter of Indian history.

 

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