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.  

Comments

  1. robertL says

    “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.

  2. Daniel Berry, NYC says

    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.

  3. Dback says

    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.

  4. The Milkman says

    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.

  5. The Milkman says

    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.

  6. Marc says

    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!

  7. says

    ‘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.

  8. e.c. says

    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.

  9. Obviously says

    “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.

  10. Hey Darlin' says

    Her lack of modern understanding doesn’t say much for India’s higher education system or the Indian Psychiatric Society. She sounds like another puppet speaking, not for herself, but the puppet master.

  11. SAYTHETRUTH says

    SHE WILL MAKE A FORTUNE in such backward society from all the desperate ignorant people trying to change what can not be changed. (Unless there is some bisexuality that could be forced to surface as the best next thingy). She is just a corrupt piece of crap looking to make money out of persecuted and socially pressed people.

  12. TheSeer says

    Self-loathing lesbian.

    And I agree that sex should be a private issue. But it stopped being that thanks to The Holy Bible, the most despicable product of human mind.

  13. Molc says

    What hope is there when a supposed mental health professional advocates voodoo and witchcraft? She’s the one who needs professional help. Not just financially, India is the third world!

  14. Rick says

    “She added that those comfortable with their orientation should be made aware that their behaviour was causing a lot of uneasiness in society.”

    Yes, uneasiness–especially among WOMEN such as herself.

    Women are not our friends……

  15. Gordon says

    To be fair, all the comments previous are just adding to already an ostricized world, our fight is with our own country their fight is theirs, it’s never going to end well – only people in power ie.those that have money & gamble lives over profit, that is abhorrent.

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