Some doctors using electric shocks to cure homosexuality

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Some doctors using electric shocks to cure homosexuality


COLUMNS / Indian Ostrich   /   May 28, 2015
Kulbir Manhas
Kulbir Manhas
Kulbir writes about politics, social issues and technology. He has worked in an NGO for several years.

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New Delhi:  According to a report published in Mail Today, there are many doctors who treat homosexuality as a mental disease. Numerous doctors do not see any problem in treating queer men and women with what they call ‘conversion therapy’ as was revealed by the Mail Today investigation.

Besides, the Mail Today has got audio-visual records of its talks with the doctors. Conversion therapy is a discredited practice that claims to turn homosexuals into heterosexuals in a matter of months.

The treatment entails dubious stuff like giving electric shocks or nausea-inducing drugs, prescribing testosterone or talk therapy.  There is likelihood of ensuing depression, anxiety, seizures, drug use, and suicidal tendencies.

However, the practice has been discredited by mainstream health regulatory bodies in India as well as abroad for its potentially dangerous effects on the lives of homosexual people.

Numerous international bodies like the World Health Organization regard homosexuality as a normal expression of human sexuality.
However, there are numerous doctors who flout the medical dictum “Do no harm”. There are doctors like sexologist Dr. Vinod Raina, who runs “Safe Hands” in Safdarjung Enclave, promises 100 per cent cure for homosexuality through his hormone replacement therapy package.

"It is a six- to nine-month contract until the boy gets cured. Some get cured in three months, others take over a year. The complete package costs Rs 1.1 lakh," says Dr. Raina, who is treating patients for the past 15 years. "But you have to pay the cash in advance. We do not accept cheques," he adds.

"There is no side effect. I have cured over 1,000 homosexuals. There was this man, 26-27 years' old, who used to have sex with other guys four to five times a day. His parents and family members were worried about his shameful behaviour and brought him here. After my treatment, he got married in three months and now is a father," Dr. Raina claims.

Dr Raina says that number of people coming to his clinic went up after an AIIMS doctor committed suicide and blamed her gay husband for the action. "The problem with homosexuals is that they have more female hormones. After taking blood samples, we increase male hormones in them," Dr. Raina says.

He says that recessive homosexual genes in parents that become dominant in kids as well as childhood abuse as the causes for homosexuality.  His theory is supported by Dr. P.K. Gupta, consultant senior sexologist at Dr. P.K. Gupta's Super Speciality Clinic in Karol Bagh.

Dr. Gupta sees homosexuality as a mental and genetic disorder and thinks it is imperative to explore evidence of psychological damage before beginning the treatment.

"Before treatment, I have to know (patient's) history and find out if he has been abused as a child," says Dr. Gupta. "He will first have to undergo counselling for 15 minutes; charges for which are Rs 4,500. I will ask him several questions to help me decide whether to go for hormonal therapy or psychological therapy. For this, it's very important to evaluate the patient," he says, reassuring that signs of recovery will become visible in 3 to 4 months.

Numerous survivors of the conversion therapy have revealed seizures and other side-effects. The Mail Today cites numerous examples of doctors who are offering such treatments in total disregard of medical ethics.

 

The views expressed here are those of the authors and doesn’t reflect the official policy of Janpratinidhi. The views expressed here are those of the authors and doesn’t reflect the official policy of Janpratinidhi.
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