Are ‘Corrective rapes’ really corrective?

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Are ‘Corrective rapes’ really corrective?


COLUMNS / Indian Ostrich   /   Jun 02, 2015
Radha Mishra
Radha Mishra
Writing is her passion. She is an ex Reporter with a National Daily and holding an important position in an NGO. The social and political writer is Post Graduate in Journalism and Mass Communication.

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In a desperate attempt to 'straighten' a gay son, his mother forced him to have sex with her. In similar cases, lesbians are constantly being raped by their cousins to 'cure' their homosexuality in India. Such crimes are usually recognized as ‘corrective rapes', and alleged to be done by a victim's own family members, says a gay rights group.

Essentially, the parents arrange the rape and choose a relative (typically a cousin) to do the monstrous activity, say the crisis intervention team of the LGBT Collective in Telangana. A young lesbian was raped by her cousin; while there are further rumors that occasionally a victims' brothers are execute the 'corrective rape.'

The terrible crimes are so traumatizing for their victims, they frequently go unreported, a spokesman for the LGBT Collective said. The group says in the last five years, there are at least 15 'corrective rapes' reported to them.

'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. It's usually a cousin who's roped in for this 'project'.’

Claiming that the duty of modifying the 1861 law is of policymakers and not juries, India's Supreme Court re-imposed bar on gay sex in late 2013. Anybody found breaching the rules can suffer up to ten years in prison.  Gay sex had been successfully legalized in 2009 when the Delhi High Court ruled that barring 'carnal intercourse against the order of nature' was a harm of fundamental rights.

Associates of the gay community have filed requests to the upper court subsequently the 2013 ruling requesting for an appraisal on banning gay sex. Activists say that the commandment is hardly used to prosecute homosexual acts. However, police do use it to bother and blackmail members of their already marginalized community, they say.

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