Health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday described hom-osexuality as a “disease” and regretted that despite being “unnatural”, it now afflicts 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”, Mr Azad said speaking at a convention on HIV/AIDS at Vigyan Bhawan here.
The minister said, “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.”
Mr Azad’s comments, which come in the wake of growing demand to tackle HIV/AIDS, is likely to raise many an eyebrow and generate a heated debate. Azad also called for making sex education more open in the country, to help control the HIV epidemic. “We are lagging behind in sex education as compared to the West and not talking about sex has fuelled the epidemic.” Asian Age