Persecution of Homosexuals (India)

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Islam battles decriminalization of homosexuality. Muslim leaders say "Homosexuality is offence under Shariat Law and haram in Islam," and legalisation of homosexuality is "an attack on Indian religious and moral values"[edit]

Amid government moves for a re-look at criminalising homosexuality, several Muslim leaders have said any attempt to legally permit unnatural sex is an attack on religious and moral values.

"Legalisation of homosexuality is an attack on Indian religious and moral values," over a dozen prominent Muslim religious leaders said in a statement.
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Appealing to the government not to be influenced by the "decadent trends of the Western culture" and not to give in to the demands of a minuscule minority, the statement said the government should not test the patience of the silent vast majority of the country which abhors such behaviour.
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Leading Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband had earlier also opposed the Centre's move to repeal a controversial section, saying unnatural sex is against the tenets of Islam.

"Homosexuality is offence under Shariat Law and haram (prohibited) in Islam," Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Darul Uloom Deoband Maulana Abdul Khalik Madrasi has said.

Health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, speaking at the national HIV/AIDS convention, calls homosexuality a "foreign disease" that is growing in India[edit]

Two years after the landmark Delhi high court ruling that decriminalised homosexuality between consenting adults, the Lesbaian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community is set to the streets once again. But this time, it won’t be in celebration but in protest against the Indian health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad’s recent ‘homophobic’ comments.

“Over the next few days, several organisations working with the LGBT community will be demonstrating on the streets of Mumbai, New Delhi and Bangalore,” said Udayan Dhar, the convenor of Mission for Indian Gay & Lesbian Empowerment (MINGLE).

“However, we have realised that the noise made at these marches never reach the right ears. So we have also decided to file an RTI application with the health ministry, seeking clarification on the government’s stand on homosexuality since the same government was instrumental in repealing section 377 two years ago,” Dhar added. MINGLE has also initiated an online petition, voicing the concern of the gay community, which they intend sending to the prime minister’s office.
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“It is unfortunate that the health minister of the largest democracy in the world thinks that homosexuality is a disease. I guess now we will have to sensitise politicians just like we sensitised policemen about gay rights,” Kashyap added.

On Monday, Azad was speaking at the national HIV/AIDS convention of zilla parishad chairpersons and mayors when he said that the “the disease (of homosexuality) has come from abroad” and that the gay population in India is now increasing. He added that it is difficult to identify MSM (Men having sex with Men) unlike sex workers who live in a community.

His remarks sparked off sharp criticism from the LGBT community already struggling against prejudice. “I am not ashamed of being a gay man but I am now ashamed to be an Indian,” said Harish Iyer, gay rights activist. He feels that he has made a mistake by electing the present government to power.

The outrage was not restricted to the gay community, with several straight supporters coming out strongly against the minister’s remarks. “How can we have a health minister who says gay sex is a disease?” asked Bollywood actress Shahana Goswami. “The uneducated ministers of India should stop making such factually incorrect statements,” she added.

Founder and president of the Islamic Research Center (IRC), says transgender are 'dirty' and genetically 'defective', quotes Prophet Muhammad and says they should be expelled from their homes and villages[edit]

A video in which a Muslim leader decries the transgender community has gone viral on YouTube.

The interview, translated from Hindi, shows the founder and president of India's Islamic Research Center (IRC), a non-profit organization that promotes Islamic teachings, answering a question about how the 'other' gender that is neither man nor woman fits in Islam.

Faiz Syed said in his response: 'They are what we call hijra, in our language. They are neither male nor female.'

Hijra, a slang term in Hindu, is the only word to describe a trans individual.

Syed continued, emphasizing that 'They are Allah's creations, expect their are some physiological and hormonal difficulties. They have changes in their bodies, what we call "gene defects" in our language.'

According to his bio on the IRC website, Syed is a university-educated leader with two bachelor's degrees in law and one in computer science. He has reportedly given over 1,000 lectures in topics including humanitarian and Islamic law, and moral, educational, and economic welfare activities. Syed is also the president and director of other Islamic groups including the Al-Huda Educational Foundation.

In the interview, Syed quoted the sayings of the prophet Muhammad, also called the Hadith, to support his position against the hijra community. 'Secondly, they are not bad, but the Hadith says that those who are "dirty", you must get rid of from your home, house and village.

'Because of their defect they are not like, or act like, men or women, and because of that they work day and night sexually.'

Many hijra are forced to work as sex workers to survive, as they are often ostracized from their homes and shunned from typical work in their local communities because they don't fit the typical gender mold.

In many predominantly Muslim countries, including Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria, homosexuality is considered a crime punishable by death. Some countries such as Iran go so far as to encourage sex changes for homosexuals to force them to have a gender-normative sex life.

According to Iranian news services reports, Iran conducts more sex changes than any country in the world, followed by Thailand. This practice offers an option with 'no sin' for people struggling with gender identity in the homophobic country...