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Indian gay teen forced to have sex with mother to 'cure' him

GAY RIGHTS: In India, 'corrective' rapes are said to be carried out by the victim's own family members in a desperate bid for 'straight' children

A GAY teenager was forced to have sex with his mother and lesbians have been raped by their cousins to 'cure' them of their homosexuality, according to a gay rights groups in India.

'Corrective rapes' are said to be carried out by the victim's own family members in a desperate bid for 'straight' children.

But in one shocking case, there were reports of family members in Bangalore forcing a gay boy to have sex with his mother to 'cure' him.

In another, a young lesbian was raped by her cousin, while there are further reports that sometimes victims' own brothers are used to carry out the 'corrective rape.'

The horrific crimes are so traumatising for their victims, they often go unreported, a spokesman for the LGBT Collective told Times of India.

The group said they have had at least 15 'corrective rapes' reported to them in the last five years.

"We are sure there are many more cases, but they go unreported," said Vyjayanti Mogli, a member of crisis intervention.

"We came across such cases not because they reported the rape, but because they sought help to flee their homes."

'It's usually a cousin who's roped in for this 'project'."

Mogli also said that in many cases in southern India, a girl may have been promised to one of her cousins at birth so it is her betrothed that is brought in to carry out the 'corrective rape.'

'If it is found out that she is in a relationship with another girl, elders in the family believe having sex with the 'would-be', even if it's forcibly, will cure her," Mogli added.

In some areas of India, homosexuality is forbidden, with gay sex punishable with up to 10 years in jail.

India's Supreme Court outlawed gay sex in 2013, even though the law had previously been repealed.

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