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Manvendra Singh Gohil, the Prince of Rajpipla

Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil caused outrage in India when he came out as a gay man and was disowned by his family.

The stigma of being gay in India compels many men to marry, whilst still having sex with men, putting their wives at risk of HIV.

The Lakshya Trust believes that until sexual diversity is accepted, prevention may be impossible.

We asked for your comments on the issues that our programme raised. A selection of your comments are below. This debate is now closed.


Excellent. You should openly bring out and encourage such articles and issues. I am a highly conventional man and never had any thing other than sraight sex. I feel it's high time we had a good awareness programme on same-sex dangers.
K Vijayaraghavan, Hyderabad

HIV is spreading fast in India because of a lack of awareness about the disease among poor people. Also males in India are very dominant and females are often considered slaves when they get married. Society has to change a lot. The government has to enforce laws for safe sex education and awareness among poor people. But also, gay people should take responsibility too - they cannot blame society.
Needhi, UK

I support the AIDs awareness programme in India. I think sex shouldn't be a taboo because everyone does it but it still shouldn't be acceptable outside a marital relationship. Protection should always be used. More awareness programmes should be organised. Without an education, millions of people will not know the risk and consequences of unprotected sex.
Amber, Forest Hills

I was brought up in a city in India. I was shell shocked to even listen to this programme. Please wake up to the realities! Encourage sex education. Talk about it openly in society.
Arun, Antwerp

Women should force their husbands to use condoms. But in Indian rural areas, people are too shy to tell each other to do this so it becomes the government's responsibility. The government must take the initiative to make people aware and give out free condoms which most people can't afford in rural areas.
Fayaz, Srinagar, Kashmir, India

Prejudice will inevitably keep homosexuality, or any other "banned" behaviour underground. This is always dangerous as misinformation is often spread as fact. The battle against HIV/AIDS has suffered a lot of misinformation, such as the idea of sleeping with virgins to "cure" a man. The work of the prince and his colleagues is essential to grind away at these prejudices, and allow people to talk openly about their behaviour, and truly educate themselves and keep themselves safe. I enjoyed listening to what was a great report.
Laurence de St Croix, London

If people feel the gay lifestyle is the path for them, they should be free to choose that path. Sexual diversity is not accepted in my country. The hypocritical "religious" society here gives approval or turns a blind eye to sexual acts outside wedlock like adultery while stones are cast upon homosexuality. Sexual taboos are an obstacle to HIV-AIDs prevention work as persons in hiding may hurt others through the spread of the disease. Thumbs up to the Lakshya Trust.
Dylan Kerenski, Kingston, Jamaica

What someone enjoys sexually is their business as long as it does not hurt others. It can hurt others to be deceitful and to be forced to feel bad about your sexuality. This can lead to abuse and the spreading of disease. So yes sexual taboos can increase the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the unwanted child epidemic, the abused spouse epidemic, and the molested children epidemic. I think that the trust is doing the right thing going to the women, who must learn to protect themselves and insist upon respect and well being from any partners.
Georgia Gilliam, CA, US


The Lakshya Trust can be e-mailed at: lakshya121@rediffmail.com


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