In the modern world, there are thousands of people who are homosexuals or belong to the LGBTQ+ population. However, there are also people who still are of the opinion that this particular trait of attraction towards the same sex is actually nothing but a mental illness and has a cure. In India, despite the government making same-sex marriages and relationships legal since 2018, the majority of the LGBTQ+ population lives in the fear for them to be treated as patients, which shows the lack of progressive mentality in many places across India.
There have been cases in the recent past where this issue has come up again and again, assigning it as a problem for the people who are attracted to the people of same-sex. In the citation, one can look at the case of Anjana Harish, a 21-year-old bisexual woman in Goa, who committed suicide in May. Her suicide was preceded by an online post, where Harish described her immense suffering that she had to face as conversion therapy was applied to her as a potential cure from her alleged disease of homosexuality.
The worst part is that her family members were the ones to initiate this and bring this onto her by getting her to be a victim of the so-called conversion therapy, which is practiced in quite a few parts in India. This has also enraged the activists who want a complete on this procedure as the efforts have become stronger to make it an official law.
The death of Harish, followed by these protests compelled the Kerala branch of the society to release a statement that read, “Any attempt to treat a person to change sexual orientation or gender identity is unjustifiable and illegal”. However, there are still professionals who take this as a trade to cure people of homosexuality and the worst part is that they are very easy to find as well.
Check out the last video of Anjana Harish to openly talked about the torture she had to go through:
There have been repeated protests on the various social media platforms and these campaigns have actually brought a significant change in the people’s perspective as in how they see homosexuality or the people belonging to the LGBTQ+ community in India. However, there are still people who believe that this trait of nature is nothing but a curable disease and conversion therapy can really help people out of their conditions, i.e., changing their sexual orientation. It is nothing less than a curse to the society to think in this manner about a particular section of people who are, in reality, as normal as everyone else and have their right to live their lives in the way they want.