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Muslim groups slam clerics, SC’s verdict on Section 377

Echoing the sentiments of the LGBT community, some Muslim groups have opposed the Supreme Court's recent order which recriminalizes homosexuality. The groups have demanded scrapping of the draconian section 377.\n

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26th December 2013 09:44

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Asia

In a statement signed by over 50 members, two NGOs–Muslims for Secular Democracy (MSD) and Muslim Women’s Rights Network—have said that they are "shocked by the SC verdict which, instead of affirming the fundamental constitutional principle of non-discrimination between citizens, criminalises homosexuality." Muslim religious groups, including All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), had supported the SC verdict as they vehemently opposed to homosexuality which they see as "sinful." However, MSD argues that in a democracy every group has right to choose the kind of lifestyle it wants. "While the clergy is entitled to its views on what does or does not constitute a sin, it must realize that in a democracy punishments are only prescribed for crime, not for sins. So they should stop playing god," said MSD’s general secretary Javed Anand. He added that same sex relations between consenting adults is not a crime and those engaging in it are no less human than heterosexuals. "Leave alone their being treated as criminals, any kind of discrimination against them is entirely unacceptable," he said.

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