New Delhi: The Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) said that though it supported the Supreme Court’s decision and did not consider gay sex a crime, it could not encourage such relationships as same-sex marriage and relationship are neither natural nor desirable.

Arun Kumar of Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh, RSS said, “Like the Supreme Court we too do not consider this a crime. However, same-sex marriage and relationship are neither natural nor desirable which is why we do not support such relationships.”

Kumar further said that the Indian society does not recognise such relations. He also added that a man usually learns by experiences and hence homosexuality needs to be dealt with at social and psychological levels.

Meanwhile, one of the leading Islamic institutions of India, the Darul Uloom Deoband slammed the Supreme Court’s decision to decriminalise homosexuality.  The apex court decriminalised homosexuality between consenting adults by declaring Section 377, the penal provision which criminalised gay sex, as “manifestly arbitrary”.

Deoband’s Ulema Mufti Maulana Asad Quasmi said, “According to Shariat, homosexuality is haram and illegitimate. This decision is against natural behaviour and anyone with their right mind will not accept this decision because Islam forbids homosexuality.”

The Supreme Court, in a historic judgement, decriminalised part of the 158-year-old colonial law under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalised consensual gay sex.

A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and also comprised of Justices RF Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra termed the part of Section 377 as unnatural sex. CJI Misra said, “The Court must try to protect the dignity of every individual of the society including people from the LGBT community. The sexual orientation is natural and people have no control on it.”  He said denial of self-expression was akin to inviting death. He added that societal morality cannot trump constitutional morality. Societal morality cannot overturn the fundamental rights of even a single person.