- Reuters India: INTERVIEW-Film lifts lid on “corrective rape” in families of gays in India
NEW DELHI, June 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Families in India are using “corrective rape” to convert their gay, lesbian and transgender sons and daughters, the director of the first Indian film on the issue said, urging society to confront the brutal, hidden practice.
- DNA India: Why we need to talk about homophobia driven ‘corrective rape’
Filmmaker Deepthi Tadanki was horrified when she heard of inhumane practices meted out to homosexuals, in an attempt to ‘straighten’ them or make them ‘normal’. Corrective rape is one such practice, where often, the victim’s own parents arrange for a close relative to rape their son or daughter, with the misguided belief that this will change their sexual orientation. As the rape is perpetrated by the family, victims often choose not to report it to the police.
- First Post India: US legalises gay marriage while Indian families rape their kids to ‘correct’ their sexual orientation
It was supposed to be a normal summer vacation for school boy Himadri. He was happy to be home among parents and friends. He didn’t mind when his parents asked him to spend time at a relative’s place in a distant village. Then the horror unfolded. He was sexually assaulted repeatedly at the relative’s place. The knowledge that his father had asked for it was worse than the mental and physical trauma he had to undergo after the experience.
- Zipped News: Summary of News Related to Corrective Rape
Among the victims was Mvuleni Fana, who was walking home from football practice when she was gang raped by four men who told her they would make her “a real woman” before beating her and leaving her for dead. …… Homosexuality is taboo in many parts of India and legal rights for LGBT people regressed in 2013, when the Supreme Court reinstated a Victorian law dating back to the British Empire criminalising gay sex.
- International Business Times: India: Parents use ‘corrective rape’ to cure their gay children
An Indian LBGT organisation has said that parents are trying to turn their gay children straight by encouraging family members to rape them. The organisation reports that there have been 15 instances of ‘corrective’ rapes’ which were reported to them in the last five years – but that number could be much higher. Corrective rape is a hate crime in which people are raped because of their perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
- Independent, U. K.: Gay teenager ‘forced to have sex with his own mother’ to ‘cure’ his homosexuality, campaigners in India say
A teenager was reportedly forced to have sex with his own mother in one of the horrific cases of “corrective rape” uncovered by campaigners in India. Deepthi Tadanki, who is making a film on the subject, was told of the attack while doing research in the city of Bangalore. “Family members forced a gay boy to have sex with his mother, in a bid to turn him ‘straight’,” she told the Times of India.
- The Mirror, U. K.: Gay teen raped by MOTHER in bid to cure his homosexuality
A gay boy was raped by his own mother in a misguided attempt to cure him of homosexuality. An Indian LBGT organisation has warned that parents are so desperate to have straight children they are encouraging cousins, brothers and even mothers to rape their children.
- Gay Activist: Indian gays face forced heterosexual sex to ‘correct’ them
Homosexual men in India face increasing pressures from their families to “correct” their sexuality, reports the Times of India. Sometimes known as “corrective rape”, a trend which was first noticed in South Africa, often family members take part in the rape. Hardly any cases get reported because victims are frightened to come forward.