India’s Opposition BJP Calls Homosexuality Unnatural

Declaration seen as further setback for LGBT rights

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Gay rights activists attend a protest meeting after the top Indian court ruled that a colonial-era law criminalizing homosexuality will remain in effect in India in New Delhi, on Dec. 11, 2013.

India’s main opposition party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has said it is in favor of the Supreme Court’s reinstatement of a ban on homosexuality, in a further setback for LGBT rights in the world’s largest democracy.

Many believe the BJP will either win or be in a position to lead a coalition government in India’s next general elections, scheduled for 2014.

On Sunday, BJP president Rajnath Singh claimed in Indian newspaper the Telegraph that homosexuality was an “unnatural act.” His view was later backed by party spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi who portrayed homosexuality as part of “Western culture.”

Sonia Gandhi, leader of the incumbent Congress party, has issued a statement expressing her disappointment with the court’s ruling.

6 comments
sridhar.sid
sridhar.sid

This is only the start! Wait for the Modi brand of politics and India will be doomed! The mindset of the BJP is exactly that of the Taliban. The BJP will push for a Hindutva vision, whci they believe speaks for all Hindus of India. The bJP idea of Hindus is so narrow that no plurality is possible. To call LGBT unnatural sex is to ignore what is depicted in Kamasutra to be false. People should have the right and freedom to decide how they wish to live their lives and the Government should have no right into people's bedrooms

CitizenJP
CitizenJP

Although I agree with BJP's stance on several issues, they obviously need more education on the LGBT issue.  First of all, there is nothing called unnatural sex.  All sex is natural as beings engaged in peaceful consensual sexual behavior themselves belong to Nature.  If man can be attracted to woman by virtue of his hormones and impulses produced in the brain, a change in these can very well produce attractions within the same gender.  It is ignorant to think sex happens at the sexual organ level - just as eyes do not see a thing but the brain does.  You cannot repress a section of the society and expect harmony.  For the record, I am a heterosexual male.

bojimbo26
bojimbo26

I will always say , how many officials are gay ?

SharadTripathi
SharadTripathi

Talking of our culture, our sages promoted organised sex- 'family' to increase population. At present if we have to go by 'our culture', we should ban heterosexual relationship as population is exploding. Let us see what BJP cadres do. become ascetics or....  Homosexuality is as natural as heterosexuality. What is unnatural is that national leaders are ignorant of basic truths about life and make a nation of 1.2 billion bear consequences. Many people have physical features of one sex but neuron connectivity in the brain of other sex if the hormone balance is change during the development of foetus. Physical features are formed in first few months of foetus growth, the brain connectivity in last few months . Such people will naturally find emotional comfort with those who have similar physical sex. Why deny them? It is the same fascist attitude as towards minorities. Why everyone has to conform to some ignorant politicians level of intelligence. Please keep BJP out of power if they go on being such.    

delhite
delhite

@CitizenJP  

u need more education not BJP. How can a g@y sex can be natural. In nature two males  ( IN WHOLE ANIMAL KINGDOM) never copulate or engage in sex. With that kind of sex reproduction never occur.