Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Religion stands between Gays and their Rights

By: Subhadeep Bhattacharjee

It is not too often in India that we see all the religious organizations speak on a common line. During communal riots the government machinery and the civil society compels them to do so. But when they come along and speak on their own shouldn't it be applauded. But the irony is all our religious leaders are standing up against a sexual minority (homosexuals). They are opposed to these people getting their right to live their life the way they wants to.

If the Arch Bishops across the country, the Maulvis across the nation and the priests were not enough small screen's poster boy Baba Ramdev has now joined in the race. Where there is limelight and media coverage how can Baba Ramdev be behind. Not only has he joined the race he also said that homosexuality is a disease that is curable. Now there cannot be a better platform to promote his business. The question arises is heterosexuality also curable? If someone wants a cure for that too.

Since the day Delhi High Court passed the historical judgment on Section 377 the religious leaders from all communities in the country have been up in arms against it. From quoting religious text to terming homosexuality as sin they have done everything to term homosexuality as abnormal. There have been protest marches to force the Government to continue with the draconian law. After all they believe God has created the planet, the life in it and heterosexuality but homosexuality was men's creation.

The Government has to take a firm stand on the issue and should not bow down before the religious organization in scrapping Section 377 of the IPC. A parliamentary debate won't help the issue as most of our honourable Member of Parliaments don't have the intellect to understand the seriousness of the homosexuality issue. Homosexuality is a medical character it should not be even termed as a disorder. One advantage that the government surely has is its decision cannot be termed as biased towards any religion.


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