Sans females, Men go gay in some part of India
India has long history of preference of male child and it leads to skewed sex ratio and many parts of country have very low female population. Residents in many part of country find difficult to get bride and there are cases where brides have been imported from other culture & linguistics region. Now in this case Men are turning gay because of scarcity of eligible brides.
The 2001 census ranked Mehsana as the district with the worst skewed sex ratio of just 801 women per 1000 men. The after effects are being seen now, with the north Gujarat town witnessing a marked increase in gay activity.
All thanks to the dearth of eligible brides because of rampant foeticide over the years. Trends show that many affluent Mehsana men in their 30s are now wining and dining gays from Ahmedabad.
Suresh (name changed), a prominent figure in the gay circuit of Ahmedabad, is now being sought out frequently by unmarried men from Mehsana.
"I get at least eight to 10 calls each month from Mehsana who pick me up from Ahmedabad. We check into guest houses on the Ahmedabad-Mehsana highway," says Suresh, who works in a cloth merchant's office in Kalupur.
"Most of them prefer men over women as taking female sex workers to guest houses is risky," adds Suresh, who says there are at least half a dozen men like him in Ahmedabad who regularly entertain clients from Mehsana.
Increasing homosexuality is seen as the reason why Mehsana ranks after the migrant hub of Surat in terms of HIV prevalence. Mehsana's men have been known to buy brides from tribal areas, as there is an acute shortage of girls in most communities.
"While homosexuality is increasing everywhere, in the case of Mehsana the skewed sex ratio could be fuelling this trend further," says sociologist Gaurang Jani.
Ahmedabad-based doctors, too, admit to getting male patients from Mehsana suffering from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). "I must have treated around 200 men from Mehsana for various STDs and even AIDS in the last one year. Nearly half of them admitted to having relations with other men," says doctor Amrish Tripathi, who is working with HIV/AIDS patients.