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Indian Psychiatric Society's immediate past president, Dr Indira Sharma
Homosexuality is unnatural, leading psychiatrist says

in INDIA, 26/01/2014

The Indian Psychiatric Society's immediate past president, Dr Indira Sharma, ruffled countless plumes and feathers on Monday describing homosexuality as "unnatural" - a repetition of her statement three days ago at the society's annual meet where she said homosexuals uncomfortable with their sexuality should seek psychiatric help.

"The manner in which homosexuals have brought the talk of sex to the roads makes people uncomfortable. It's unnatural. Our society doesn't talk about sex. Heterosexuals don't talk about sex. It's a private matter," the Banaras Hindu University teacher told TOI on phone.

In December 2013, the Supreme Court had overturned a ruling of the Delhi high court decriminalizing same-sex relations. The judgment was part of a panel discussion at the IPS annual meet in Pune between January 16 and 19. Sharma, whose tenure as association president ended with the meeting, was on the panel.

"Throughout her speech, she had a condescending tone. The underlying message was homosexuality is unnatural," said a psychiatrist. The doctor said Sharma wanted "homo clubs" to be closed down, but Sharma denied this. "I am unaware of homo club being a term at all. It may exist in America. I would never use such words," Sharma said, adding some doctors were fabricating stories.

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