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Gay man forced to have sex with his mother to 'cure' him of his homosexuality

Crime WorldBy Shuki Byrne
Protest: In 2013 the Indian Supreme Court reinstated a law which banned gay sex
Protest: In 2013 the Indian Supreme Court reinstated a law which banned gay sex

According to an LGBT rights group there is a bizarre, growing trend among families in India who seek to 'cure' their relatives of their sexual orientation.

The Indian LBGT organisation said there is an alarming trend involving 'corrective rapes' among families desperate to 'turn' their gay relatives straight. 

Parents are reportedly so desperate to have straight children they are encouraging cousins, brothers and even mothers to rape their children.

According to statistics with the Crisis intervention team of LGBT Collective in Telangana, there have been 15 instances of 'corrective rapes' that have been reported in the last five years.

"We are sure there are many more cases, but they go unreported," said Vyjayanti Mogli, a member of crisis intervention. "We came across such cases not because they reported the rape, but because they sought help to flee their homes."

"Victims find it traumatising to speak of their brothers or cousins turning rapists and prefer to delete the incident from their memories and cut off ties with their families. Which is why such cases almost never get reported," Vyjayanti told The Indian Times.

"It’s usually a cousin who’s roped in for this ‘project’. In some communities in South India, marriages among cousins are common," she said.

"Many times, a girl’s parents may decide that she would be married off to a cousin soon after her birth. Now, if this girl happens to be queer and if it is found out that she is in a relationship with another girl, elders in the family believe having sex with the ‘would-be’, even if it’s forcibly, will cure her," Vyjayanti explains.
A filmmaker in India, Deepthi Tadanki, reveals he encountered two horrific stories concerning 'corrective rapes'. 
"When I was researching on this subject for my film, I came across two gut wrenching stories of corrective rape — one, where a gay girl was raped by her cousin so that she could be "cured" of homosexuality; and another, where family members forced a gay boy to have sex with his mother, in a bid to turn him 'straight'. I tried reaching out to these victims, but they refused to talk," says Deepthi.
In 2013 the Indian Supreme Court reinstated a colonial law which banned gay sex.