Indian man of Hindu faith promotes same-sex in conservative Malawi

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Gay kiss - Mr Lakhani and his boyfriend

LILONGWE (MalawiTalk)- A property mogul in Lilongwe, Mr Praphul Lakhani, is trending  after pictures of his gay relationship have been circulated online.

Mr Lakhani, a Malawian of Asian origin, from  Hindu religious faith, who has been married to his wife for several years,  says he has been honest with himself on his sexual orientation.

He is seen in intimate pictures with a black boy.

Lakhani is CEO of Watt Consultancies and hopes legal liberalisation for gays in the country.

Malawi is a deeply conservative society where most people oppose homosexuality.

Gay relationship – Mr Lakhani and his boyfriend

The country’s penal code expressly criminalises same-sex relations as an “unnatural offence”, punishable by up to 14 years in prison.

A grouping of homosexuals in Lilongwe have welcomed Lakhani’s declaration of his sexual orientation as  “a major step forward to increase LGBTQ  (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) acceptance and inclusion in the country.”

The group wants the country to  scrap decades-old anti-gay laws.

Activists have been waiting since 2013 for the courts to set a date for a hearing to repeal the anti-gay laws.

Lakhani – I am entitled to enjoy the same rights being enjoyed by the heterosexual community.

Most of the 18 million people in Malawi are Christian or Muslim, whose religious education often describes homosexuality as taboo or a sin.

In 2016, about 3,000 Christians marched through Blantyre and Lilongwe, carrying signs saying “Homosexuality is abomination”.

What does Hinduism say about homosexuality?

Homosexuality is unacceptable to some Hindus. Hinduism teaches that the ‘natural’ thing to do is for men and women to marry and have children. Those who go against this natural relationship are violating their own dharma.

Gay kiss – Mr Lakhani and his boyfriend

Other Hindus believe that homosexuality does have a place in the community, because of ancient carvings in Indian temples that show men and women having homosexual sex. Some Hindus believe that the Kama Sutra permits homosexuality though the Kama Sutra is not a scripture, and is not widely known by Hindus.

Other Hindu teachings suggest that homosexuals should not inherit property. However, many people agree that this is based on the fact that they do not procreate and does not amount to religious teaching against homosexuality itself.

What does this mean in practice?

Mr Lakhani was married to a woman before turning to gay

Most Hindu communities favour heterosexual marriage because it leads to the forming of family units. Some Hindus would consider sex within a same-sex relationship to be unacceptable.

Many Hindu communities deal with the issue largely by ignoring it. There is an assumption that people will marry and have children and other relationships, whilst they may exist, are not openly acknowledged. However, homosexual relationships are present in Hindu society, and some Hindus might argue that love is an eternal force which can be felt by a couple of the same sex.

9 Replies to “Indian man of Hindu faith promotes same-sex in conservative Malawi”

  1. Shishir Mehta says:

    What was your point in elaborating at such lengths the faith of this man Praful, are you suggesting that this does not occur in other faiths. Report the story for what it is without any political or religious leanings, then you might be taken seriously.

  2. Chisomo says:

    This article shows everything wrong with Malawi. Antiquated laws causing people to be oppressed.

  3. Akhil Ladhani says:

    Shishir, you’ve missed the mark completely. You’re obsession with the faith element is irrelevant, this is not news and as Chisomo says, it shows everything wrong with Malawi. Let people live their lives.

  4. Patel says:

    It’s fucking disgusting

    1. Maximus says:

      Patel grow up mate and try getting out and about more often…it may do you some good. From Patel

  5. Dhiren says:

    Look guys, everyone has their view point. There is evidence that homosexuality has been there since centuries but it was
    never declared by anyone purely because it was a punishable offense with the understanding that these unfortunate gays
    and lesbians were possessed by devils. You and I now know it isn’t so and people are coming out of closets to declare their
    sexual preference. Each one to their own and truly said, LIVE AND LET LIVE.

    All laws and scriptures are noted down and handed down from century to century. I am not condemning them so please dont get me wrong. This has nothing to do with RELIGION so kindly leave that subject alone. Do not make it to look as though there are no gays in any community. Wake up and smell the coffee. There’s also rapes of sons and daughters in the same famlies which is what is condemn-able but as far as 2 ADULTS consent then it really is their business I feel. Just because you dont believe in it does not mean it does not exists. It is very much there and people in the world from all walks of life are brave enough to come out of the closet so to speak.

    This is purely my opinion and I am not sharing this to have a fully blown debate or argument. LIVE AND LET LIVE.

  6. Maximus says:

    Initially there was Adam and Eve who apparently were created by god. Centuries later suddenly eve was not a worthy and so instead a close friend of theirs called Steve took her place.

    Let the man be happy and live freely. The reason why this is big news is simply for gossip reasons in a narrow minded Asian community.

    But he has to expect a lot of waste going through the fan for sure. Leave the man alone. Only fools will going forward, gossip and then spread it.

    Personally I would prefer eve.

    Knock yourself out and be happy. Respect to you

  7. most Hindus in Malawi are gays

    1. Muhammed Hijraa says:

      You know what??? the keeper of mecca, the whole Gulf community and every islam are the biggest gays and pedophilias on this planet, so Know that, as its obvious your head is full of swine shit.

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