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Doctors think homosexuality is a disorder; ‘cure’ them instead of legalizing same-sex marriage: RSS body survey


Many doctors and related medical professionals believe that homosexuality is “a disorder” and that it will further increase in society if same-sex marriage is legalized, according to a survey by Samwardhini Nyas, an affiliate of the women’s wing of the RSS.

A senior official of the Rashtra Sevika Samiti, a women’s organization that parallels the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), said the study’s findings are based on 318 responses collected across the country, including doctors from eight different treatment modalities, from modern science to Ayurveda.

According to Samwardhini Nyas, nearly 70 percent of doctors and allied medical professionals in their response to the survey stated that “homosexuality is a disorder,” while 83 percent of them “confirmed the transmission of sexual disease in same-sex relationships.”

“The research shows that the decision to legalize such marriages may promote more disorder in society rather than cure patients and return them to normal,” the RSS body said.

“Counseling is the better option to cure patients of such mental disorder,” it added.

The survey by the Samwardhini Nyas recommended polling public opinion before deciding on the demand to legalize same-sex marriage.

“More than 67 percent of the doctors in their response to the survey questionnaire believed that homosexual parents cannot properly educate their children,” the Rashtra Sevika Samiti affiliate added.

The inquiry was conducted by the Samwardhini Nyas against the backdrop of a five-judge constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, hearing arguments over a range of pleas for legal sanctions for same-sex marriage.

“More than 57 percent of the doctors who responded to the survey were not in favor of the intervention of the Supreme Court in this case,” said a senior Samwardhini Nyas official.

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