Read as Parents use 'corrective rape' to 'straight'en gays


Imagine your parents getting you raped to bring you on to the right path! That's a reality that several homosexuals in India are facing. 

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

In most cases of corrective rape, the perpetrators are family members because of which the victims refrain from seeking legal recourse. "Victims find it traumatising to speak of their brothers/ 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 says.

Shockingly, it's all in the family — the parents are in the know, the rapist is usually a relative that is handpicked by them, and it's like a 'disciplining project' designed to 'cure' and 'correct' the homosexual.

"It's usually a cousin who's roped in for this 'project'. In some communities in South India, marriages amongst cousins are common. Many times, a girl's parents may decide that she would be married off to a cousin (i.e. her father's sister's son or mother's brother's son) 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.

What is Corrective Rape
The use of rape as a tool to correct the sexual orientation of LGBT people with the objective of getting them to toe the societal norms. The term was coined in South Africa where such crimes are rampant. Often it is the family members of the victim who facilitate it.


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