The Hindu community is reportedly expressing anger about the Katy Perry and Russell Brand divorce announcement.
The pair married in India on Oct. 23, 2010, using elephants and camels in what their representatives called a “very private and spiritual ceremony.” However, Rajan Zed, a Hindu statesman, spoke out about the disrespect that the now separated pair brought upon the Hindu community after deciding to engage in the traditional religious ceremony.
“If celebrities opt for a Hindu wedding, they should be prepared to adhere to the commitment,” said Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, in a WENN report.
“There are reasons why Hindus, as a group, have one of the lowest divorce rates in the world,” he added.
The Hindu statesman spoke about the importance of marriage in his culture.
“In Hinduism, marriage is the most important sacrament,” Zed said. “The married couple is looked upon as a complete module for worship and participation in cultural and social acts.”
When they were first married, Perry and Brand reportedly also angered locals at the luxury resort in Rajasthan, India. Akhshay Sharma, an environmental activist, spoke about the pair’s lack of tact during their visit to India.
"They smoked, consumed liquor, carried weapons, disturbed endangered animals, changed route from No. 2 to No. 3 without permission, alighted from the vehicle, forced people (paparazzi) to alight from their [vehicles] and even snatched the keys of their vehicle in the park where tiger movement is quite normal," Sharma said.
“During the wedding … loud music was played in the resort beyond midnight which disturbed the wild animals and local residents,” he added.
Despite their raucous behavior after being married, Zed said he is most concerned with the fact that the pair was willing to break something so sacred apart that easily.
“If celebrities opt for a Hindu wedding, they should be prepared to adhere to the commitment, devotion, responsibility, sanctity and morals, which are attached to it,” Zed said.