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Leading Indian Psychiatrist Calls Homosexuality 'Unnatural,' Says Orientation Can Be Changed

A high-profile Indian psychiatrist is making headlines for controversial remarks describing homosexuality as “unnatural” and something that can be changed with psychiatric help.

Indira SharmaDr. Indira Sharma, the immediate past president of the Indian Psychiatric Society, made the comments during a recent panel discussion on the Indian Supreme Court’s ruling last month recriminalizing gay sex. In an interview with The Times of India, Sharma reiterated her statements:

"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.

The paper added:

Asked about the speech, Sharma said her main concern was for homosexuals [who] aren't comfortable with their sexuality. "There are some who are comfortable, but there are many who are not. The latter should realize they can get help (from psychiatrists). Some of them may even be able to change their orientation," Sharma said. She added that those comfortable with their orientation should be made aware that their behaviour was causing a lot of uneasiness in society.

Gay rights activists in the country say Sharma’s comments were surprising, particularly in light of the fact that the IPS had a written policy position in 2009 supporting the Supreme Court’s ruling at the time decriminalizing homosexuality.  

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  1. wow - I always thought India scientist were smart??? ...and she actually is looking kinda manly

    Posted by: disgusted American | Jan 22, 2014 11:24:46 AM

  2. Boy is she creepy! I'd have to see another therapist after seeing her.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 22, 2014 11:24:51 AM

  3. Why the thousand mile stare, psycho?

    Posted by: Hansel Currywurst | Jan 22, 2014 11:25:37 AM

  4. If this is one of the country's leading psychiatrists I'd hate to see some of the other ones

    Posted by: Will | Jan 22, 2014 11:25:53 AM

  5. And again these sex-obsessed nuts go immediately to sex.

    Posted by: Steve | Jan 22, 2014 11:26:32 AM

  6. What do you expect from a culture where your parents pick out a spouse for you?

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 22, 2014 11:36:52 AM

  7. She looks like she was just treated with an ice pick lobotomy.

    Posted by: Merv | Jan 22, 2014 11:38:42 AM

  8. "She added that those comfortable with their orientation should be made aware that their behaviour was causing a lot of uneasiness in society."
    I add that I am uncomfortable with a hidden caste system. I think this woman has bigger fish to fry, because said caste system is causing a lot of uneasiness in society.
    See anyone can play this psychiatric game.

    Posted by: robertL | Jan 22, 2014 11:40:20 AM

  9. How nice of her. Can she change her orientation?

    Posted by: HankNYC | Jan 22, 2014 11:45:06 AM

  10. In this country psychiatrists have to be psychoanalyzed. She evidently didn't train in the US. She's seriously out of touch with her own issues, which makes her a potentially pretty dangerous practitioner.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Jan 22, 2014 11:45:40 AM

  11. Culture lag. She is where the US was in the '50s.

    Posted by: jmartindale | Jan 22, 2014 11:46:35 AM

  12. You know what else is "unnatural" that India practices? The caste system. Gang rapes. Setting fire to people or movie theaters just because you're upset with the idea of gayness. Infanticide. Arranged marriage between children. Blinding or maiming your kids so that they'll make more money begging. The list goes on.

    Posted by: Dback | Jan 22, 2014 11:46:51 AM

  13. Oh, poor thing. Gays' behavior (read: demanding equal civil and human rights) is making people "uncomfortable"? Too freaking bad, lady. Get used to it.

    What an idiot.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jan 22, 2014 11:48:39 AM

  14. Well, she's the one with the sideburns.

    Just sayin'.

    Posted by: johnny | Jan 22, 2014 11:49:03 AM

  15. Oh and if she has a really serious problem with gays, then she can always move to Uganda or Nigeria or Saudi Arabia. They don't like gays either. Of course they don't like women very much and would likely stone her to death for daring to hold a position of authority over a man, but at least there won't be any icky gays.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jan 22, 2014 11:49:46 AM

  16. I'm UNCOMFORTABLE with her whoring herself out to try to change any of us. Anything for a buck. Or in this case, a rupee.

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | Jan 22, 2014 12:03:27 PM

  17. According to the news she should put her focus to the sexuality of those men, who do horrible things to women in buses, trains etc.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Jan 22, 2014 12:04:53 PM

  18. Wow. That's the most lesbian looking Indian woman I've ever seen in my life.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Jan 22, 2014 12:16:14 PM

  19. the headline needs to be corrected.

    "Leading Indian Psychiatrist Markedly Less Intelligent Than Your Average 13 Year Old"

    there. fixed it for you.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 22, 2014 12:18:45 PM

  20. Why do women who are into conversion therapy all look like they couldn't get a man any other way?

    Posted by: MuchMuchMunching | Jan 22, 2014 12:29:08 PM

  21. This could all be cured by an overdose of electricity to her vagina. Just shock this freak back into reality. If none of you want to do it, I'll gladly volunteer. Get over here, nut job... I've got your cure right here. ZZZZZZZZZAP!

    Posted by: Marc | Jan 22, 2014 12:40:33 PM

  22. Leading Indian Psychiatrist??? More like a leading Indian MORON.

    Posted by: Don | Jan 22, 2014 12:41:12 PM

  23. 'Heterosexuals don't talk about sex'

    Absofu*kinlutely clueless.

    'You make people uncomfortable'

    Because fighting a world wide struggle against institutionalized oppression shouldn't make the oppressors feel uncomfortable. Tell that to the Nigerians facing the death penalty and the Uganda man burned alive for being gay.

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Jan 22, 2014 12:41:44 PM

  24. Um, shouldn't an alleged mental health professional be working to help people (gay or straight) develope a healthy attitude toward sexuality rather than promote the notion that it should be kept "private" because it is somehow offensive to society. It does sound like she needs some time on the couch to deal with her own sexual hang-ups before she councils anyone else.

    Posted by: e.c. | Jan 22, 2014 12:49:44 PM

  25. "She added that those comfortable with their orientation should be made aware that their behaviour was causing a lot of uneasiness in society." - REALLY?! WE HAD NO F***ING IDEA!! THANK YOU SO MUCH, YOU MISERABLE BIGOT.

    Posted by: Obviously | Jan 22, 2014 2:32:11 PM

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