Despite the Supreme Court of India scrapping Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalised gay sex in September 2018, the society has largely remained the same, when it comes to treating people from the LGBTQ community.
They are still looked down and scorned by a large section of the society, while some parents try to 'correct' their behaviour by counselling. This often leaves them in a state of mental trauma.
In yet another such tragic case, a 20-year-old boy committed suicide after he was harassed and bullied for his sexual orientation. Avinashu Patel, a resident of Mumbai who had been living and working in Chennai for the past three months was found dead on July 2.
Before he ended his life by consuming poison, Avinashu, Avi for his friends, wrote a long, emotional post on his Facebook profile, detailing the harassment and pain he went through for being gay.
"Everyone knows I am a boy. But the way I walk, think and talk is like a girl. People in India do not like that, read the Facebook post. Please do not blame my family. Help them. We are poor. I love my mom, dad, and sister. I thank them for supporting me. It is not my fault that I was born gay, his Facebook post read. Read more via India Times