SC verdict on gay sex unacceptable: Muslim, Hindu, Sikh leaders in J&K

SC verdict on gay sex unacceptable: Muslim, Hindu, Sikh leaders in J&K
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SRINAGAR: Be they Muslim, Hindu or Sikh, religious heads and leaders in Kashmir Valley have unanimously rejected the landmark verdict of the Supreme Court that scrapped Section 377 – a 158-year-old colonial law – to de-criminalise consensual gay sex. Only one Kashmiri activist, Aijaz Bund, has welcomed the verdict, a lone voice coming out in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA) people.
Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, who headed the five-judge Constitution bench hearing the case, said in his judgement, “LGBT community has same rights as of any ordinary citizen. Respect for individual choice is the essence of liberty; LGBT community possesses equal rights under the Constitution. Criminalising gay sex is irrational and indefensible.”
Jammu and Kashmir’s Grand Mufti and vice-chairman of State Muslim Personal Board, Nasir-ul-Islam, told Kashmir Reader that the verdict is unacceptable. He said the next civilian government to be elected in J&K should make a law to criminalise homosexuality in the state.
“It is adultery. We cannot allow it,” he said. “But I don’t mean this community should not be treated with dignity and respect. They should be treated as humans, but we can’t allow unnatural sex here.”
Chuni Lal, President of Hindu Welfare Society, a representative organisation of all Pandits (Hindus) in the Valley, termed the verdict as immoral and illegal.
“It is unnatural, immoral and illegal. There is no acceptability of this in our society. Only male and female can do sex in a legal form; all others are wrong,” he said.
Similarly, Jag Mohan Raina, Chairman of All Party Sikh Coordination Community, which represents 11 Sikh religious organisations, told Kashmir Reader that the Sikh religion opposes same-sex intercourse.
“It is inhuman and we must abide only by man-and-woman form of intercourse. Same-sex intercourse has no acceptability. These issues are only taken up for politics, nothing else,” he said.
Father Roy Mathives, chief priest of the Catholic Church at MA Road, could not be reached for his comments.
Dr Aijaz Ahmad Bund, however, said that the verdict was a welcome step for the LGBTQIA community in the Valley. He said the J&K state also needed to amend laws that are discriminatory.
Bund has done research on the transgender community in the Valley and has moved a PIL in the High Court for equal rights to the LGBTQIA community. According to numbers counted in the year 2011, there are more than 4,000 transgender persons living in J&K.

Consensual gay sex not a crime, Sec 377 violates right to equality: SC
New Delhi: Gay sex among consenting adults is not a criminal offence, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday, holding that part of a 158-year-old colonial law that criminalised it, violated the constitutional right to equality and dignity.
The top court decriminalised part of the Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalises consensual gay sex, saying it was irrational, indefensible and manifestly arbitrary.
A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra unanimously held that the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community possess the same constitutional rights as other citizens of the country. (PTI)

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