Homosexuality unnatural, a disease: Ghulam Nabi Azad

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad

Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday described homosexuality as a "disease" and said that despite being "unnatural" it afflicted a substantial number of people in India.

"The disease of Men Having Sex With Men (MSM), which was found more in the developed world, has now unfortunately come to our country and there is a substantial number of such people in India," Azad said at a convention on HIV/AIDS at Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi.

"Even though it (homosexuality among men) is unnatural, it exists in our country and is now fast spreading, making it tough for its detection. With relationships changing, men are having sex with men now. Though it is easy to find women sex workers and educate them on sex, it is a challenge to find MSMs," he said.

Azad's comments, which come in the wake of growing demand to tackle HIV/AIDS, are likely to raise many an eyebrow and generate a heated debate. Activists in the country favouring homosexuality have fought a long battle against the stigma and discrimination associated with homosexuality...

The AIDS convention, organised by a forum of parliamentarians, was also attended by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi and some Union ministers and chief ministers, besides members of Parliament and legislative assemblies, Zila Parishad chairpersons and mayors, apart from professionals working in the area.



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