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Crackdown on gay cure docs.

NEARLY three months after the M AIL T ODAY expose on how some Delhi doctors claim to cure gay men and women through dubious treatments, the watchdog for doctors and medical practices in the Capital, the Delhi Medical Council ( DMC), has decided to act.

DMC officials told Mail Today that the council will issue notices to all the three allopathy doctors -- Dr Vinod Raina of Safe Hands, Safdarjung Enclave; Dr PK Gupta of Gupta's Super Specialty Clinic, Karol Bagh and Dr Nagendra Kumar of Radha Poly Clinic, Mahipalpur -- mentioned in the M AIL T ODAY report dated May 27, on Monday seeking an explanation for their conduct.

" The doctors mentioned in the report are registered with our council. On Monday, we will be sending notices to all the three asking for an explanation," said Dr Girish Tyagi, registrar, DMC. " If found guilty, stringent action will be taken," he added.

The M AIL T ODAY sting operation, complete with candid visuals and audio records, had exposed all the three doctors engaged in a highly discredited practice known as conversion therapy that claims to turn homosexuals into heterosexuals in a matter of months through nausea- inducing drugs and prescribing testosterone or talk

therapy, which leads to depression, anxiety, drug use and suicidal tendencies.

The report had triggered public outrage with the Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Kumar Jain ordering a probe against the doctors the same day. Along with the three allopathy doctors, the investigation had also exposed practitioners of alternative medicines such as homeopathy and ayurveda operating with absolute impunity and advertising fasttrack gay cure through websites for ` 2,100.

More shocking, the doctors who were stung brazenly defended their treatment practices when contacted again after revealing that they have been caught on camera.

Citing the " growing number" of people who regularly approach them in search for a cure for homosexuality, they reeled out anecdotal examples of " successful cases" without furnishing any evidence to back their claims.

Dr Raina stuck to his original claim that he has successfully cured hundreds of homosexuals in the past 15 years of his medical practice. He also continued to maintain that homosexuality is a " hormonal imbalance" and that patients who have the " determination and will power

to get treated" can be cured in just four to five months.

Dr Kumar also stuck to his stand on homosexuality claiming that it is an addiction like alcoholism. He even justified prescribing Oleanz 5 mg, a powerful anti- psychotic drug used for treating a number of mental disorders that can cause serious side- effects such as seizures, changes in vision and breathing difficulty, without seeing the patient, on the grounds that the patient was unwilling to meet the doctor.

Attempts to reconnect with Dr PK Gupta, consultant senior sexologist at Gupta's Super Speciality Clinic in Karol Bagh ( who had described homosexuality as a

mental and genetic disorder) and Dr SK Jain of Karol Bagh- based Burlington Ayurvedic Clinic ( who had promised a cure for homosexuality without any side- effects), proved unsuccessful despite approaching their respective clinic staff for an appointment. Dr Gupta did not respond to emails.

Dr SP Singh, resident sexologist and an alternative medical practitioner at Dr Dilbag Clinic in Uttam Nagar, which advertised cure for homosexuality in just a month and for a nominal amount also stuck to his antihomosexuality stand. He described it as a root cause of many " complicated diseases". " Homosexuality is a ( type of) perversion. It can be treated . With the use of homeopathic medicines, the desires become normal and towards natural conditions," said Dr Singh.

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Date:Aug 23, 2015
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