A gay man was forced to have sex with his mother while lesbians are being raped by their cousins to ‘cure’ their homosexuality, according to a gay rights group in India.
‘Corrective rapes’ are said to be carried out by the victim’s own family members in a desperate bid for ‘straight’ children.
The parents will arrange the rape and handpick a relative – usually a cousin – to carry out the heinous act, claim the crisis intervention team of LGBT Collective in Telangana, southern India.
Rape is a major issue in India with attacks resulting in a number of street protests with many calling for more protection
But in one shocking case, there are reports of family members in Bangalore forcing a gay boy to have sex with his mother to ‘cure’ him.
In another, a young lesbian was raped by her cousin, while there are reports that sometimes victims’ own brothers are used to carry out the ‘corrective rape.’
The horrific crimes are so traumatising for their victims, they often go unreported, said a spokesman for the LGBT Collective.
The group say they have had at least 15 ‘corrective rapes’ reported to them in the last five years.
‘We are sure there are many more cases, but they go unreported, says 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.’
‘It’s usually a cousin who’s roped in for this ‘project’.
Mr Mogli added that in many cases in southern India, a girl may have been promised to one of her cousins at birth so it is her betrothed that is brought in to carry out the ‘corrective rape.’
‘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,’ he told Times of India.
The violence of recent attacks has shocked the nation, with protestors calling for severe punishment for rapists
India’s Supreme Court reimposed a ban on gay sex in late 2013, ruling that responsibility for changing the 1861 law rested with lawmakers and not judges.
Gay sex had been effectively legalised in 2009 when the Delhi High Court ruled that banning ‘carnal intercourse against the order of nature’ was a violation of fundamental rights.
Anyone found breaking the laws can face up to ten years in jail. Daily Mail