NEW DELHI, INDIA, December 29, 2013 (Indian Express): (HPI Note: this news item from the Indian Express is part of our effort to inform the Hindu public of all sides of the issue of gay rights now being debated not only in India but in many countries.)
Religious leaders on Sunday came together to oppose the UPA government's decision to review the Supreme Court decision criminalizing homosexuality and threatened to hold agitations if any move was made to dilute Section 377 of the IPC. Leaders of Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian and Jain religions said homosexuality is "a menace of Western countries" and it will destroy India's religious, moral, social, and cultural values.
Presiding over the public convention held in Delhi, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind president Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari warned the government from enacting any bill which decriminalizes homosexuality or depreciates section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. "We all religious leaders are campaigning against homosexuality and will approach the government and parliamentarians to convince them not to make any move to decriminalize homosexuality.