Goa to attempt to make gay youths ‘normal’
The government in Goa plans to attempt to “cure” LGBT people and make them “normal”, using therapy and “medicines”.
The announcement was made by Ramesh Tawadkar, the state minister for Sports and Youth Affairs.
Tawadkar said: “We will make them normal. We will have a centre for them. Like Alcoholic Anonymous centres, we will have centres…”
Asked specifically what the role of the centres will be, he said: “We will train them and [administer them] medicines too.”
“Homosexuality is not genetic. If our parents were homosexuals, then we would not have been born. So it’s unnatural,” Ramdev told local media.
“The Supreme Court has respected the sentiments of the various religious communities of India. Today they are talking of homosexuality, tomorrow they will talk of having sex with animals,”
He did continue to say that a survey of LGBT youth will be undertaken before the centres are set up.
Other target groups include drug addicts and marginalised youths.
Some gay travel companies actually charter trips to Goa, despite that it is still illegal to be gay there.