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Gay Indians seek sexual equality

By Amy Kazmin in New Delhi

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Published: June 30 2009 03:00 | Last updated: June 30 2009 03:00

Siddharth Dube, a gay Indian who writes on poverty and public health, sees "an enormous world of difference" in the confidence of India’s young gay community compared with when he came of age in the 1980s. Then, Mr Dube says, he "felt terrified every day".

With rapid economic growth creating middle-class opportunities beyond the civil service, "gay men and women can afford to strike out on their own", he says. "When it was much more difficult to earn an income, people were much more cautious about rocking the boat. Now, they can be who they want to be."

Gay pride marches in cities including New Delhi on Sunday drew thousands of people in a raucous show of defiance against discrimination. For all the progress, however, gay sex remains illegal under an 1860 British colonial-era ban on "carnal intercourse against the order of nature".

Gay activists hope that the Delhi High Court could be poised to change this as it prepares to rule in a landmark civil rights case challenging the ban – article 377 of the Indian Penal Code – on the grounds that it violates India’s liberal, democratic post-independence constitution.

"These laws are what really instil terror in me and other gay people," says Mr Dube. "It you have a law that criminalises someone, that is really the foundation stone for prejudice. It’s where all the seeds of intolerance come from."

In its court challenge, the Naz Foundation, which works to reduce HIV/Aids risks among homosexual men, has argued that the ban on gay sex between consenting adults violates fundamental rights to privacy, dignity and equality. Naz has asked the court to decriminalise gay sex, a ruling that would technically apply only in Delhi but would set a precedent with national repercussions. Gay activists elsewhere in Asia and Africa, especially former British colonies, are watching closely.

"This is a fight for the dignity of 10 per cent of India’s population," said Saleem Kidwai, co-editor of Same Sex Love in India , an anthology of writings dating back 2,000 years. "Now people are driven into the closet and so many women are affected by the fact that people have to hide their sexuality and go into dysfunctional marriages."

Although prosecutions under article 377 are rare, they are not unheard of. In 2006, four men who met through a gay website were arrested, paraded before the media and accused of membership of a gay club and engaging in gay sex. The court case is still pending.

More often, police cite the law to harass gays, extract bribes or ignore crimes against them. Police raided the Lucknow offices of Naz in 2002,, arrested the local director and three others and accused them of "promoting homosexuality". The four were held without bail for 47 days.

Yet Delhi has been bitterly divided on whether the colonial-era law banning sex between males, repealed decades ago in the UK, should go in India too.

The National Aids Control Organisation, which has backed the Naz challenge, says criminalisation of gay sex has hampered efforts to fight HIV/Aids among a high-risk group. Naco estimates that 8 per cent of sexually active gay men are infected with HIV compared with less than 1 per cent in the general population, making gay outreach a priority.

Yet Naco told the court that gay men "are mostly reluctant to reveal same-sex behaviour, because of the fear of law enforcement agencies, keeping a large section invisible and unreachable and pushing the infection underground".

The home ministry, however, has warned the court that decriminalising what it terms "unnatural sex" could "open floodgates of delinquent behaviour and be misconstrued as providing unbridled licence for the same".

Conservative Hindu ideologues have echoed such fears. "In the name of thrill, enjoyment and fun, the young shall walk into the trap of homosexual addiction," B.P. Singhal, a prominent member of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata party, said in a court submission.

Mr Singhal said gay sex was "inherently immoral, grossly unnatural and . . . the very antithesis of the lofty ideals, lofty values and lofty objectives" that sustain Indian civilisation.

However, social activists, gay groups and some liberal officials say such intolerance is a colonial import at odds with the older Indian acceptance of sexual diversity.

Hindu mythology even has stories of deities temporarily changing their gender for amorous encounters.

"The Hindu view was very, very tolerant," Mr Kidwai said. "If you look at punishments, making love to another man got far less punishment than a caste infraction. Certain people who were known to have lovers of the same sex were even venerated."

Intrusion a legacy of empire

Criminal bans on sex between men remain in force not just in India, but across wide swathes of the former British Empire.

Colonial-era legislators prohibited "unnatural carnal knowledge" in the 19th century. While Britain decriminalised consensual gay sex in 1967, most of its Asian and African colonies won independence with bans still on their books.

Many have not repealed them. Of the roughly 80 countries that criminalise homosexual intercourse, more than half are former British colonies, according to Human Rights Watch.

Uganda’s laws – which mandate life in prison for violation – are used to justify excluding gays from national HIV/Aids programmes.

The Indian court challenge is being closely monitored by Asian and African gay activists contemplating their own civil liberties struggles.

"It’s a very shrunk world for gay-rights activists in post-colonial societies – they tend to talk a lot to each other," says Meenakshi Ganguly, of Human Rights Watch. "We are hoping that if this law is struck down by the court, it will set a precedent for other activists."

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After the Euphoria, Reality Bites

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Gay law: Govt can’t take decision in a hurry, says Moily

Agencies Posted: Monday , Jun 29, 2009 at 1707 hrs IST

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Veerappa Moily said a decision on the gay issue would be taken only after considering concerns of all sections of society.

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Government will not take a decision in a hurry to repeal the controversial Section 377 of IPC which criminalises homosexuality, Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily said on Monday following concerns voiced by some Christian and Muslim religious groups against the step.

The Government cannot take a decision in a hurry. We need to apply our mind," he told reporters here adding "we are examining it."

The Minister had stated in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday that a decision on the issue would be taken only after considering concerns of all sections of society, including religious groups.

A meeting of the Union Home, Health and Law Ministers is expected be held to have a re-look at Section 377 of IPC that prohibits sex between people of the same gender.

Asked whether Government was backtracking after favouring repeal of the law, Moily said his earlier remarks had been "misinterpreted".

Muslim clerics oppose gays’ demand for scrapping Sec 377 in India
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New Delhi, June 29, 2009: Muslim clerics have reacted angrily to gays demand for scrapping Sec 377 in India. They say that if this ‘senseless’ action is taken, it will create sexual anarchy in the country and will break family norms.

On Sunday when gays and lesbians gathered in significant numbers in metro cities in India demanding scrapping of Sec 377 that bans gay and lesbian union, many Muslim clerics have said that they will not allow it to happen.

Several newspapers and gay right NGOs have ran campaigns in the country in recent weeks demanding that the ban on gay and lesbian marriages be lifted. There were even hints from government that the section that bars it may be amended. But Muslim and Christian clergy has opposed the move.

Rector of world famous seminary Darul Uloo, Deoband says that the same sex marriage was not just against the Indian traditions but was also against the teachings of all religions. He said that Islam is severely opposed to same sex marriages and added that such things will put even animals to shame.

Maulana Salim Qasmi, vice president of All India Muslim Personal law Board (AIMPB) says that giving rise to a western disease will be a big mistake by the Indian government. He said that this act is prohibited by all the religions of the world and it will be simply crazy to allow such things to grow in India.

He went on to add that Home Minister P Chidambaram should take similarly tough stand against homosexuality that was taken by his predecessor Shivraj Patil.

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Gay sex against tenets of Islam: Deoband

29 Jun 2009, 1353 hrs IST, PTI

MUZAFFARNAGAR, UP: A leading Islamic seminary on Monday opposed Centre’s move to repeal a controversial section of the penal law which criminalises homosexuality saying unnatural sex is against the tenets of Islam.

"Homosexuality is an offence under Shariat Law and haram (prohibited) in Islam," deputy vice chancellor of the Darul Uloom Deoband Maulana Abdul Khalik Madrasi said.

Madrasi also asked the government not to repeal section 377 of IPC which criminalises homosexuality.

His objection came a day after law minister Veerappa Moily said a decision on repealing the section would be taken only after considering concerns of all sections of the society, including religious groups like the church.

Terming gay activities as crime, Maulana Salim Kasmi, vice-president of the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), said homosexuality is punishable under Islamic law and section 377 of IPC should not be tampered.

Maulana Mohd Sufiyan Kasmi, an AIMPLB member, and Mufti Zulfikar, president of Uttar Pradesh Imam Organisation have also expressed similar views on the issue.

Kasmi said it would be harmful for the society to legalise gay sex.

Buoyed by the news that the Centre is considering repealing the controversial section of the IPC, members of the gay community on Sunday held parades in several cities.

India faith leaders: Anti-gay law must stay

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  • Religious groups in India say they will oppose moves to legalize homosexuality
  • Federal government set to hold talks on law classifying same-sex acts as crimes
  • Court due to rule on petition filed by nonprofit group challenging anti-gay law

June 29, 2009 — Updated 0017 GMT (0817 HKT)

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NEW DELHI, India (CNN) — Religious groups in India have warned they will oppose any move to legalize homosexuality as the federal government prepares to hold talks on a law that classifies same-sex acts as crimes.

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An Indian gay activist participates in a gay pride march in Bangalore on Sunday.

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India’s Hindu nationalist main opposition has in the meantime called for a national debate on the legislation that law minister M. Veerappa Moily last week said would come up for a discussion within the government.

"This is a sensitive issue and warrants a debate within the Indian society at large before arriving at any decision," said Sidharth Nath Singh, spokesman for the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party.

An Indian court is due to give its judgment on a petition filed by a nonprofit group that has challenged the anti-gay provision of the penal code.

In a news conference last week, Moily refused to spell out his government’s stand on it because it awaits judicial determination. But his comments that the federal home minister was "contemplating" a meeting with his Cabinet colleagues on the law drew widespread coverage in the largely conservative country.

"Hope floats at rainbow parades," read a caption on a front-page picture from a gay parade in New Delhi in Monday’s Times of India newspaper.

Participants in that march demanded repeal of Section 377 of the penal code, which criminalizes private consensual sex between adults of the same gender in the country. VideoWatch a New Delhi march in support of gay rights »

Religious leaders, however, oppose any suggestion to scrap 377, describing homosexuality as "unnatural."

"We are against calling homosexuality a criminal activity, but we are certainly in principle against legalizing it, because that would mean the state endorsing same-sex relationships," said Babu Joseph, spokesman for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India.

Homosexuality "violates fundamental norms of a family," he said.

In his remarks, Kamal Faruqui of India’s Muslim Personal Law Board outlined what he said was Islam’s position on same-sex unions.

"Islam is totally against it. Islam does not allow any unnatural act. No Muslim in the world, let alone India, can ever support it," Faruqui said.

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India’s top Sikh administration echoed similar opposition.

"Homosexuality is unnatural," said Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, general secretary of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, which administers historical Sikh shrines, mainly in Punjab state. "We oppose any proposal to give legitimacy to such acts," Bhaur added.

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Let’s Not Keep It Straight

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Let’s Not Keep It Straight

By: Kumar Saurav and Swati Kumari Date: 2009-06-29 Place:Delhi

As we stand on the threshhold of legally accepting gayness, straights shore up india’s biggest pro-gay rally in Delhi

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They say man must love man, but make a big deal out of it when they do.

But, the noise at this year’s edition of the Queer Pride Parade in the capital was as positive as it was powerful. With about 700 people in attendance, it was one of the biggest gay rallies India has seen till date.

"I am in a homosexual relationship for the past 18 years and I have lived every moment with pride. My boyfriend even poisoned himself when I didn’t accept his proposal.

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Stand Up, Speak Up: With around 700 people showing their support, the Queer Pride Parade in Sthe capital yesterday became one of the biggest gay rallies the country ever witnessed.

I loved him, but what’s the harm in acting pricey? Girls like it that way, and so do I," said Rahul, an employee with a multinational management firm.

However, not many share Rahul’s ideas. Many bachelors were spotted seeking partners, who wanted to ride high on new bonds.

"My single status hurts me. I am looking for a long-term relationship where we can live a marital life, baby-sit and grow old to meet the end," said Rishi, a fashion stylist.

One platform

This time around, the representation was not only bigger, but also diverse, with people from far-off states and even the straight section of the society joining in.

Adding to the loud declaration of homosexuality, were academicians, housewives, pet owners and parents of homosexual kids.

"When my daughter told me she’s a lesbian. I paused for a while, and said, ‘It’s okay beta. I am fine till it’s love’," said 52-year-old businesswomen Shipra Gupta.

And even the weather seemed to smile for the parade, as clouds gathered for a small shower and brought down the mercury.

"I think it’s a divine sign that Section 377 should be scrapped. That’s when democracy will live to its promise," said Shantanu Moitra, a graduate.

Shouting slogans like ‘Down with 377’ and ‘Proud to be homos,’ and dancing to the tunes of drummers, close to 500 people marched towards Jantar Mantar from Barakhamba Road.

Colour show

Dressed in beautiful coloured attires and masks, the marchers expressed their anger against the violence and forceful marriages of homosexuals.

The community also showed their annoyance against law enforcing agencies even though the deployed forces made sure that the procession was peaceful.

But even as a head constable echoed the question several policemen were seen asking, "Bhaisahab yeh gay kya hota hai, yeh to main janata hoon, par lesbians aur transgenders kyaa hoten hain?" Others were giving a nod in acceptance, probably a sign of times to come.

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Pictures from Toronto Gay Pride Parade

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Dear Moderator,

I am attaching 6 photos from the Toronto Gay Pride Parade that took place yesterday. There was a fantastic turnout, as there is every year. Since none of these are ‘obscene’, I am hoping you will put them in a folder under ‘Photos’ on your group. I just hope that your parade in Mumbai is very successful. I will be hoping for that. If you are interested in other pictures from the parade, please let me know. Take care.

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Indian gay rights march calls to legalize gay sex

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Indian gay rights march calls to legalize gay sex

By SAM DOLNICK

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Sunday, June 28, 2009; 9:57 AM

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NEW DELHI — Hundreds of gay rights supporters waved flags and danced past traffic during marches through three Indian cities Sunday to celebrate gay pride and call for the decriminalization of homosexuality in this deeply conservative country.

The New Delhi parade passed near the Delhi High Court, which is reviewing a law that prohibits gay sex – and can punish it with up to 10 years in prison.

Law Minister Veerappa Moily also said he would soon meet with two other important government ministers to discuss changing the country’s anti-homosexuality laws, according to Sunday’s Hindustan Times newspaper.

Gay rights activists said momentum was on their side.

"This piece of legislation makes no sense," said Ponni Arasu, 25, a law student and a march organizer. "You cannot deny people their basic civil rights.

Sex between people of the same gender has been illegal in India since a British colonial era law included it as a forbidden sexual act "against the order of nature."

Rights activists say the law sanctions discrimination and marginalizes the gay community. Health experts say the law discourages safe sex and has been a hurdle in fighting HIV and AIDS. Roughly 2.5 million Indians have HIV.

Supporters of the law, which include leaders of the Hindu right, argue that gay sex should remain illegal and that open homosexuality is out of step with the values of this deeply traditional country.

On Sunday, activists took to the streets of the southern cities of Chennai and Bangalore and the capital, New Delhi. Marching bands blared horns and pounded drums while men wearing saris and women waving rainbow flags chanted for their rights.

The parades came a year after India’s first large gay pride march, a celebration that supporters say would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.

"It was the first very overt, celebratory and positive images of the community," said Leslie Esteves, 33, an organizer in New Delhi. "This is a confident community that has survived and thrived despite the shadow of criminalization."

Homosexuality is slowly gaining acceptance in some parts of India, especially in its big cities. Many bars have gay nights and some high-profile Bollywood films have dealt with gay issues.

Still, being gay is deeply taboo and many marchers Sunday covered their faces because they hadn’t told their friends and families about their sexuality.

"Give me support, I want to take off my mask," read a sign carried by a woman who gave her name only as Ganga.

Marchers said the parade was meant to send a message to authorities to repeal the law criminalizing gay sex, known as Section 377 of the Indian penal code. But it was also meant to reach Indians still in the closet.

"We’re going to tell them that you’re not alone," said Arasu, the law student. "We are all going to be around to support you so you can live with dignity."

Rajiv Dua, a community health expert handing out rainbow flags and buttons, said the motivation was simple.

"We don’t want to be ignored anymore," he said.

Riot of colours at Delhi’s second gay pride march

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New Delhi, June 28 (IANS) Some hid their faces behind rainbow coloured masks but others flaunted their sexuality unabashedly. The second edition of Delhi’s gay pride march was a riot of colours, and had the marchers dancing and shouting slogans in unison.

“Free hugs!” screamed the banner of one of the marchers, who smiled and opened his arms to anyone who came to him. The muggy day was no deterrent and he got hugs by a dozen.

Demanding repeal of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) which makes homosexuality a crime, the marchers – dressed in a whole range of fancy attires – screamed: “We want justice.”

Holding a massive rainbow coloured flag – symbolising the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community – Ranjini, a transgender, said: “It feels so good to be able to walk the streets freely, without having people looking down upon me with a weird look. Yes, I am queer and I am proud of it.”

Holding aloft a rainbow flag, clicking photographs and sometimes breaking into a jig, Rebecca Loo, a tourist from Britain who participated in the march, said: “I am glad I could make it – never mind the heat! I came to know about the pride (march) from an acquaintance through Facebook and decided to come along. It’s really cool.”

Even as people, a number of them tourists from abroad and other foreigners, carried banners saying “Hetero-Homo bhai-bhai”, “Help me take my mask off” and “Yes, I am queer and am proud of it”, a wedding band played along the route of the march from the Tolstoy Marg in Connaught Place in the heart of the capital.

The march, which saw 600-700 people participate, culminated at Jantar Mantar.

Similar pride marches took place in other metros as well.

In what sounded like good news to the gay community, Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily had earlier said the government would discuss the controversial Section 377 of the IPC.

Moily told reporters: “The home minister (P. Chidambaram) is planning to convene a meeting of the health and law ministers over this issue.”

However, leaders of other political parties have sounded wary over changing the law.

Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) politburo member M.K. Pandhe said: “Generally we don’t support homosexuality but I cannot say further on the issue because our party has not discussed the matter.”

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi went on to say that the government should not take hasty decisions.

“We are living in India, not in a European country. These issues are very important and sensitive. A thorough discussion is needed on this issue,” Naqvi told IANS.

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NEW DELHI: Last year, they came out to protest. This year, they were out on the streets celebrating their sexuality. Thousands of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) individuals partied by dancing, singing, hugging and kissing each other in the heart of the capital on Sunday, with the hope that Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalises the community, may soon become a thing of the past. Unlike last year, there was no tension in the air and even the Delhi policemen on duty looked relaxed, enjoying the colourful show.

Delhi’s second gay pride parade, which started from Barakhamba Road at 6.00pm and turned into a public meeting-cum-vigil at Jantar Mantar after an-hour-and-a-half, looked like a giant rainbow floating on throbbing drumbeats as more than 2,000 people walked the streets with hundreds of onlookers on both sides of the road watching the procession quietly. "Our moment has arrived. Last year, there was a lot of uncertainty and anxiety, but this year things have been much easier. Even the support from the police has been excellent,” said Gautam Bhan, one of the organizers of the parade. In one year, a lot has changed. People have been asking about this year’s parade for weeks. And, now it seems the government is going to make amends in Section 377.

Most of the participants in the parade, both gay and straight, felt the attitude towards the gay community is changing very fast. "We woke up this morning to a pleasant surprise, with newspapers saying that two important ministers home minister P Chidambaram and law minister Veerappa Moily are in favour of repealing the section of the IPC that makes homosexual relation a criminal offence. Our hard work and campaign seems to be paying off and it’s time the government recognized that we are also citizens of this country,” said Bhan, adding that it was important for the community to keep its campaign on till the government accepts their demand.

Though the LGBTI community has done two successful pride parades in the capital, the activists know they have a long way to go before they win complete acceptance. "Last year as well as this year, some right-wing groups threatened us against organizing this march. They said it was against the Indian culture. Also, we don’t know what the Delhi High Court is going to say in the case against Section 377. But we are hopeful of a positive result,” said Lesley Esteves, one of the main organizers of the march.

There are challenges on other fronts as well. Though many people sang and danced freely, there were many faces hidden behind masks, scarves, kafiyes, caps and shades. "I don’t think my family is ready to accept the fact that I am lesbian. That’s why I can’t show my face to the camera. But, I am sure once Section 377 is dumped into the dustbin, attitudes will change towards people like me and I would be able to live freely like other normal people,” said a 25-year-old student of Delhi University. "I didn’t have the courage to come out last year. But, now, with even the government talking against Section 377, I think, we are close to victory.

Activists like Bhan and Esteves agree that the community has come a long way since it marched in the capital for the first time last year. "Today, we had at least three thousand people here,” said Esteves, and most of them came on their own. "We hardly did any campaign this year. I think the news about Section 377 has given a boost to our campaign. I hope Mr Chidambaram and Mr Moily are watching our parade today.”

Chidambaram and Moily, who are reportedly in favour of repealing Section 377, are close to becoming heroes of India’s gay community. If the law is dumped, the ministers may become heroes abroad as well. "It’s shocking that a liberal democracy like India still has such archaic laws. I came here to support the Indian gays because I can’t do that in my own country,” says Hannah, a tourist from Belgrade, recalling an incident when a similar parade in her city was stoned by right-wing groups. "It’s good to see India giving its gay community space to celebrate their sexuality. I wish they scrap 377,” she added.

India’s LGBTI community hopes the government is listening.

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Hundreds of homosexuals marched on the streets of Delhi demanding decriminalisation of homosexuality.

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New Delhi:

Joining voice with their community across the globe, hundreds of homosexuals and transgenders marched on the streets of the national capital demanding decriminalisation of homosexuality.

Shouting slogans like ‘Down with 377’ and ‘Proud to be homos,’ and dancing to the tunes of drummers, the marchers demanded scrapping of the controversial Section 377 of Indian Penal Code that declares as a criminal offence ‘sex against the order of nature’.

Dressed in colourful attires, the lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders, many of them donning masks, started from the Barakhamba road and culminated their march at the Jantar Mantar.

The activists for gay rights also welcomed the "positive signals" coming from the government over their demand for the repealing of the law.

"That the government is positively thinking to repeal the outdated law is definitely a positive sign, at a time when we are also waiting for a judgement in a related case at the High Court," said Ponni, a gay rights activist working for a Bangalore-based organisation, and one of the organisers of the event.

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Religious leaders oppose repeal of Section 377

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New Delhi:

Even as gay communities rejoice over the news that the Government is considering the repealing of the IPC section that criminalises homosexuality, religious leaders have expressed their reservations over the move.

"It (homosexuality) is not at all acceptable and agreeable. It is against the tenets of bible. Man and Woman were created in God’s own image. Homosexuality is against the society," Rt Rev Abraham Mar Paulos Episcopa, Head of Marthoma Syrian Church of Malabar diocesan here told PTI.

Vishwa Hindu Parishad is also opposed to any dilution in the Section 377 of IPC.

"It is against the culture and family system in India. It will result in spread of number of diseases. But we will see what changes, if at all, are introduced in the section," said Vinod Bansal, spokesperson of Delhi unit of the Parishad.

Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, a prominent body of Muslim community too has hit out at the government’s proposed move, saying the repeal of the section would create "sexual anarchy" in the societ

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