Goa Minister Who Offered To Cure Homosexuals Now Says He Was Misunderstood

13/01/2015 1:55 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST
HIV positive Krishna, 21, left, gets kkiss from his partner Srinivasan, 34, also HIV positive, at a counseling centre on HIV/AIDS in Chennai, India, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006. Srinivasan and Krishna are homosexual partners and also commercial sex workers for male clients. World Aids Day will be observed on Dec. 1. (AP Photo/ M.Lakshman)** INDIA OUT**

A day after he faced massive backlash on social platforms over his regressive remarks on India’s LGBT community, Goa’s Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Ramesh Tawadkar backtracked on Tuesday, saying he was both “misunderstood” and “misquoted” on the issue.

"I was misunderstood and misquoted. I was not talking about the LGBT (youths) but about drug addicted and sexually abused youths," Tawadkar told PTI, even as local channels continued to air the footage where he assured medical treatment to make LGBT youths "normal".

"Youth policy speaks about drug addicted youths and sexually abused youths as a focused group. There are provisions in the central government sponsored Social Justice Scheme for such youths which can be implemented in Goa," the minister said, a day after he was widely criticised for his statements.

He said when journalists asked me about LGBTs, I told them "I am not expert on the issue."

The minister also refused to acknowledge LGBT as a focused group, though the youth policy document which is currently in public domain has mentioned them as one.

"We will make them normal. We will have a centre for them. Like Alcoholic Anonymous centres, we will have centres.

We will train them and give them medicines too," the minister had said.

"Like in the case of other target groups such as juvenile offenders, drug afflicted youth, marginalised or migrant youth, geographically disadvantaged youth, a detailed survey would be carried out among state LGBT community, so that their problems could be specifically addressed," he had added.

Predictably, Twitter was buzzing:

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