» 07/02/2009, 00.00
For Indian Church homosexuality is not a crime but cannot become a “social norm”
Delhi High Court decriminalises homosexuality by repealing statute in Indian Penal Code that defined it as a crime. Harsh criticism comes from India’s Muslims who accuse the government of giving in to Western decadence. The spokesman for the India Church says that trying to redefine the family will undermine the bases of society.
Strike in Mumbai and New Delhi airports as modernisation approaches
Picket lines go up and workers clash with police as controversial airport privatisation plan goes ahead.
References to ancient Hindus' beef-eating past deleted from school textbooks
Hindu fundamentalists succeed after three years of disinformation campaign to have offensive chapters deleted from history textbooks that told how ancient Hindus considered beef a great delicacy. For historians, deleting pans of history is an error that eliminates a page of actual history.
Kerala: petition to stop Church from intervening in election campaign
High Court issues a notice to religious organisations on a petition filed against them. Father Thelakat, spokesman for Syno-Malabar Synod, says Church is not involved in propaganda in the name of religion but it has the right to intervene on public issues as indicated by the Pope in his latest Encyclical.
Indian religious leaders ask government to decriminalise but not legalise homosexuality
Muslim, Hindu, Christian and Sikh leaders send a memorandum to Prime Minister Singh. A ruling by the High Court in New Delhi is creating a lot of “confusion” that represents a “grave danger to the social fabric of society.” The Church promotes meetings in Mumbai to bring clarity to the ongoing debate.
Delhi court says no to beef ban
Swami Satyananda Chakradhari called on the court to ban beef and punish anyone who slaughters, imports, exports or sells cattle in the national capital region with a 10-year jail term. The court described the plea as “misconceived”, whilst a government lawyer called it a publicity stunt. In Delhi, legislation already exists to protect cows and the state already has shelters for 23,000 heads of cattle.
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