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    Sports and Youth Minister Ramesh Tawadkar claims he was talking about drug addicted and sexually abused youths and did not intend to create a center to cure homosexuals.

    MOSCOW, January 13 (Sputnik) – Goa's Sports and Youth Minister Ramesh Tawadkar said Tuesday that his comments were misinterpreted and he has never planned a center in India to "cure" homosexuals.

    On Monday, several media outlets cited Tawadkar, the member of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), as saying that the government will set up centers, similar to Alcoholics Anonymous, to make homosexuals "normal."

    "I was misunderstood and misquoted. I was not talking about the LGBT (youths) but about drug addicted and sexually abused youths," Tawadkar was quoted as saying by the India Today newspaper.

    Indian journalists, and politicians severely criticized his earlier remarks.

    "So the BJP government in Goa thinks LGBT community is abnormal. Contemplating to train and administer medicines to make them normal. Sick," a spokesperson of All India Congress Committee, Priyanka Chaturvedi, tweeted.

    Barkha Dutt, a journalist, posted to her Twitter account that Tawadkar's "insensitive" way of thinking is the only thing that needs curing.

    Gay sex was declared legal in India in 2009, but in 2013 the Indian Supreme Court reimposed a ban on the practice and once again homosexual relations became a crime.

    On Monday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon denounced criminalization of homosexuality in India, saying that it violates basic human rights to privacy.


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