Indian Army Chief Gets Grilled for Homophobic Comments

General Bipin Rawat

India’s army chief, General Bipin Rawat said gay sex wouldn’t be allowed in his army, and activists are saying he is “ill-informed” and “ignorant.”

The Indian military forces have laws separate from the rights civilians enjoy, for example, the right to have sex with the same gender, according to Reuters.

“If you guys want to do it, go ahead, but it will not happen here,” Rawat said at a press conference in New Delhi.

 Gay rights campaigners, like Ashok Row Kavi, are saying Rawat is not only homophobic, but is using his power irresponsibly.

“He must understand that he is heading one of the largest fighting forces in the world and this force is bound to have a large number of homosexuals whether he likes it or not,” Reuters reported Kavi saying. “General Rawat must look into their happiness, good health and general welfare. He should not go on a witch-hunt and persecute them. It’s ridiculous.”


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