their brothers to cure them of their perceived anomaly.
The strange phenomenon, though gathering wide acceptance, has been condemned by members of the The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT), community worldwide.
According to a gay rights group in that country where homosexuality is strongly frowned upon, a gay man was forced to have sex with his mother so that he can be 'cured'.
"The ‘corrective rapes' are carried out by the victim’s own family members in a desperate bid for ‘straight’ children. The parents will arrange the rape and handpick a relative to carry out the heinous act.
In one shocking case, there are reports of family members in Bangalore forcing a gay boy to have sex with his mother to ‘cure‘ him.
In another incident, a young lesbian was raped by her cousin, while there are reports that sometimes victims’ own brothers are used to carry out the ‘corrective rape.’
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.
The horrific crimes are so traumatising for their victims and they often go unreported." In many cases in southern India, a girl may have been promised to one of her cousins at birth so it is her betrothed that is brought in to carry out the ‘corrective rape.’