This story out of India is yet another sickening tale of homophobia from within one’s own family. A gay man was beaten and threatened with “corrective rape” after his family found out he is gay. Corrective rape is a horrific hate crime used to try and make someone straight.
How disgusting is that?
According to the India Times, the young man known as ‘Sanjoy’ was subjected to a string of physical and emotional abuse from his family in the city of Kolkata, formerly known as Calcutta, in West Bengal. After his parents found out that Sanjoy, in his early 20s, is gay and living with his partner, they hired local thugs to beat him and torment him psychologically.
Koninika Roy from the Humsafar Trust, a Mumbai-based advocacy group for LGBT rights, also said that the parents tried to send him to a doctor to “cure” him of his homosexuality, and when the doctor refused they considered forcing him to undergo “corrective rape” therapy.
Corrective rape is a hate crime in which one or more people are raped because of their perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. The common intended consequence of the rape, as seen by the perpetrator, is to turn the person heterosexual or to enforce conformity with gender stereotypes.
Gay Star News obtained a statement from the couple:
Approached for further comment, Roy provided GSN with a statement from the couple, who declined to provide identifying details. The the trouble began last year during Diwali.
They couple said that they did ‘not wish to play the victim card’, but that ‘family honor crimes’ can have a deep impact on the lives of LGBT people.
Sanjoy’s partner said: ‘The pain is real, the hardships loom large, the tears are red and at times you feel low enough not to live or breath anymore because there doesn’t feel a point in doing so.’
He said that although the family succeeded in keeping the couple apart for a few days, they were now back together.
‘Love kept us strong and our mental strength added to the fuel of won’t-be-giving up attitude … We are living together as for now, with nothing but each other.’
“Violence against the LGBTQ community is extremely common in India. Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code and the fact that same sex behavior is criminalized in the country means that homosexuals cannot live freely,” Koninika Roy told the India Times. “The story of this gay couple is just one of the examples of how the LGBTQ community is treated in India.”