Indian gay man: “I am a rape survivor”

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An openly gay man in India has revealed in a posting on Orinam, an online LGBT support group, that he was raped by “6 drunk men” when he was 18-years-old.

Vinodham said in the blog entry that he wanted to come out with his experience in the hope of breaking the silence for other gay men who have been assaulted in the South Asian country.

Director of HIV/AIDS research organization Saathi L. Ramakrishnam said most men who rape other men are not gay. Rather, “male rape is another way of demonstrating power and aggression.”

Vinodham said he wasn’t sure how the police would treat a gay man. He even thought that they might claim he enjoyed the abuse, because he is gay.

The police in India are known for a lack of efficiency when it comes to dealing with rape cases. They are also notorious for being bribed by the criminals themselves. Its very rare for a rapist to be convicted of the crime he committed. Usually, the police intervene and have the criminal settle out of court with their victim.

The treatment of women by police in India has become increasingly high, that laws actually forbid officers to arrest or bring women in for questioning during nighttime hours.

Vinodham also said another reason why he decided to tell his story after so long was because of the 23-year-old woman who was gang-raped on a bus last month in Delhi.

The issue with men raping male victims in India is not uncommon.

Human rights lawyer Viranda Grover. based in New Delhi, advises woman in India that, “If you’re a woman in distress, the last thing you want to do is go to the police.”

Delhi police announced that they will begin placing officers at 300 different bus stops in an attempt to protect citizens from such attacks, though most woman say that this actually makes them feel less safe.

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