The Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS) has said it is “time to stop looking at homosexuality as a mental illness”, stating that there is no scientific evidence that sexual orientation can be altered by any treatment. Any such attempt “may lead to low self-esteem and stigmatisation,” it warned.
A “position statement on Homosexuality” issued by the Society said: “Homosexuality is not a psychiatric disorder and we recognise same sex sexuality as a normal variant of human sexuality much like heterosexuality and bisexuality.’’
The IPS supports de-criminalisation of homosexual behaviour, the statement added, saying this was in line with the position of the American Psychiatric Association and the International Classification of Diseases of the WHO which removed homosexuality from the list of psychiatric disorders in 1973 and 1992 respectively.
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