Delhi doc uses shocks to ‘treat’ ho­mo­sex­u­als

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION -

New Delhi: A doc­tor, who terms ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity a “ge­netic men­tal dis­or­der” and uses elec­tric shock to treat gay and les­bian peo­ple, has been sum­moned by a Delhi court as an ac­cused for vi­o­lat­ing norms.

Though Dr P K Gupta was de­barred by the Delhi Med­i­cal Coun­cil (DMC), he was still in­dulging in this bizarre prac­tice. The court took note of a com­plaint against Gupta by the DMC, which claimed he was us­ing hor­monal and shock ther­apy in treat­ment.

The com­plaint said the DMC had de­barred Gupta in 2016 from prac­tis­ing in Delhi and as he was still pro­ject­ing him­self as a doc­tor, he was li­able for pros­e­cu­tion.

Metropoli­tan mag­is­trate Ab­hi­lash Mal­ho­tra said treat­ment given by doc­tors as a part of “con­ver­sion ther­apy” was not recog­nised ei­ther by med­i­cal science or by leg­is­la­ture. Con­ver­sion ther­apy is an at­tempt to change a per­son’s sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion us­ing psy­cho­log­i­cal or spir­i­tual in­ter­ven­tions.

The court sum­moned the doc­tor as ac­cused say­ing he was prima fa­cie found to be con­tra­ven­ing a pro­vi­sion of the In­dian Med­i­cal Coun­cil Act, which en­tails a max­i­mum of one-year jail. “It is clear that treat­ment given by doc­tors as a part of ‘con­ver­sion ther­apy’ is not recog­nised ei­ther by the medicine or by the leg­is­la­tion,” the mag­is­trate said.

HC SUM­MONS HIM

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