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Cured to death: suicide red-flags religious LGBTI conversion therapy

State could become the first in India to finally take the horrifically torturous 'corrective' practice seriously

Devasia Jose

When Aswathi told her parents she was a lesbian, they took her to a nun and then to a doctor who wanted to run hormone tests to make her straight – one of thousands of LGBTI Indians subjected to conversion therapies that are now facing a possible ban.

Aswathi’s mother cried that her 22-year-old daughter refused to get married and was an embarrassment to her family. She asked the doctor in the southern Indian state of Kerala for medicine to “cure her ailment”.

“We’ll investigate why you’re not interested in intercourse with a man,” the doctor told Aswathi, who declined to publish her real name, in an audio recording of the consultation shared with the Thomson Reuters Foundation...

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