Swami Ramdev , 44, believes all homosexual acts are against nature and has asked his lawyers to challenge the Delhi High Court judgment that decriminalised gay sex among consenting adults last week. The yoga guru, who has lakhs of followers in middle-class homes across India, spoke to Sanchita Sharma on why he is against homosexuality. Excerpts:
Why are you against decriminalisation of homosexuality among consenting adults?
Homosexuality is against God and creation. If this behaviour was natural, why would God have created men and women? He would just have created one gender (laughs). Such acts pollute our social fabric and sanskriti (culture). We don’t need such laws. We need laws that benefit society, laws against corruption, terrorism, rape, adulteration and pollution.
How can a private relationship between two consenting adults be wrong?
It harms society and such things should not be encouraged. Homosexuality may not cause physical harm, but it causes mental bankruptcy (mansik diwaliya), especially among the youth. It is against the tradition of marriage and family values, for which India is respected across the world.
Don’t you think everyone has a right to live the way they want if they don’t harm others?
If they want to love, they should love the right away. They should get married or choose to stay unmarried and serve the society. There’s great joy in serving people. I am doing it, many politicians are doing it (laughs).
What if they don’t want to do either?
They can come to me. I’ll treat them and get them to agree on marriage. Homosexuality is a disease that can be cured with pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation. It helps restore hormonal balance in the body and the feeling of love gets focused in the right direction. I have cured several people this way.
Many politicians are your followers. Are you going to lobby with the government to challenge the ruling?
I have spoken against it. No one wants this (decriminalisation), including politicians. Decriminalisation will increase the sickness (homosexuality). We need to cure it, not validate it.