Hindu religious leader urges Kenyan President to consider minority rights before signing polygamy law
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has urged Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta to keep in mind the feelings and rights of minorities before signing Kenya's marriage bill which legalizes polygamy.
Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that polygamy was
not practiced in contemporary Hindu society. Marriage was taken very
seriously as it was considered a sacred rite and highest duty in
President of Universal Society of Hinduism, Zed pointed out, "In
Hinduism, vivah (marriage) is the most important sanskar (sacrament).
Married couple is looked as a complete module for worship and
participation in cultural/social acts. With the marriage samskar, one
thoroughly enters into grihasth-ashram (householder phase), where one
can attend to the goals of dharm (duty)."
He indicated that Kenyatta should meet the leaders of Christian,
Hindu, Sikh, Baha’i and other minority religions/denominations in
Kenya and take into account their viewpoint before signing the
marriage bill into law.
He reminded Kenyatta of his "core value" to "treat
everyone fairly". Moreover, Kenya’s constitution and other
laws/policies protected religious freedom and Kenya needed to protect
its minorities in order to attract foreign investments.
Ethnic diversity of Kenya, described as "the cradle of
humanity" which showed earliest evidence of human's ancestors,
had produced a vibrant culture. With its abundant wildlife and scenic
beauty, if Kenya wanted to continue attracting tourists and increase
their numbers, it had to take care of its minorities and project a
picture of harmonious coexistence to the world.