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Being Homosexual: Next To A Crime In India.

Being Homosexual: Next To A Crime In India. 4
People hold placards during the Baltic Gay Pride parade on June 2, 2012 in Riga. The annual event is meant to promote gay rights in this ex-Soviet state, now a member of the European Union, where publicly expressed negative views of homosexuality are common. AFP PHOTO / ILMARS ZNOTINS

The sense of homosexuality is much a debated topic associated with hatred, fear, prejudice and disgust. It is quite shocking to see so many stereotypes regarding homosexuals prevalent among the people of our country despite of so much development and education. Humiliation, exploitation and torture is what most of the homosexuals face in their life.

It feels so disgusting to hear that the WHO until a few decades ago mentioned homosexuality as a disease but we need to understand that homosexuality is not an option one can choose, it is a natural tendency. Even some of the leaders of our nation have quite narrow minded opinions on this topic.

Homosexuality In Ancient India

Homosexuality and sexual tolerance have been an integral part of Indian history. Homosexuality has an ancient history in India and it was only British colonialism that brought the current prejudice to India.

Ancient texts like Rig Veda and sculptures depict sexual acts between women as revelations of a feminine-hood where sexuality was based on pleasure and fertility.

The presence of homosexuality is also well documented in relics from ancient times. Khajuraho Monuments and the Kama sutra, are the greatest artifacts from India’s past which depict homosexuality and the sexual postures portrayed in the Khajuraho Monuments are visual guides to Kama Sutra.

In the Kama Sutra is mentioned a group of people who lived in southern India and practiced unnatural sexual practices. Apart from these evidences Babur’s autobiography is another remnant containing evidences of Indians homosexual past.

Contemporary Problems Faced By Homosexual In Our Country

  • Homelessness-This is one of the biggest issues concerning  homosexuals. As soon as homosexual kids declare their identity to their parents they are not accepted and to use a harsh term they are kicked out of their houses. Most people also do not give their houses kn rent to homosexual people
  • Health issues- Homosexuality leads to a whole lot of health problems which non-homosexual people definitely do not have to face. Homosexual possess a greater risk of gynecological health problems on the other hand, medical facilities for this group of people are meager as the doctors who cater their problems of homosexual
  • Economic inequality Homosexual people face marginalization and discrimination as far as economic opportunities are concerned. Homosexual families are more likely to be living below the poverty line than heterosexual families.
  • Other miscellaneous problems– There are a whole lot of other problems which homosexual face.people judge them as thieves or murders and treat them as if they are a curse, laugh at them and the list is endless.

The way forward

India is on it’s way to become a developed country in the near future. But this cannot be made possible unless and until people get rid of their narrow minded views regarding a group of our countrymen – the gay community. We should all strive to create an all inclusive society where homosexuals are treated as part of society. This would definitely be a great leap forward in this direction. 

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