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Why India's tales of sexual perversion don't surprise me

Sreemoyee Piu Kundu
Sreemoyee Piu KunduOct 27, 2016 | 11:20

Why India's tales of sexual perversion don't surprise me

Just last evening I met a gay friend who has just turned 30, for coffee, and as we got discussing about our respective single lives, he mentioned, a note of bittersweetness in his voice, how he was often propositioned for sex by single men in Delhi, who were horny as hell and literally could do anything for a blowjob.

My friend added that many of them wouldn't like to reciprocate the same, insisting that they were straight. As we expressed outrage over our innate Indian hypocrisy, he went on to add that once, one of his sex partners expressed a strange fetish - for my friend to have sex with his pet dog in his posh Defence Colony apartment, saying that animal sex was his kink and that he often had threesomes and even orgies where Bruno, his pet, would be fornicated, and gay men that he randomly picked up at gay bars and during gay nights, even agreed to suck the dog's testicles.

These scenes being filmed and played in his large home theatre were supposedly meant to turn him on when he was masturbating. "It was like an alarm from hell, I just called a cab and fled," my friend dramatically stated, batting his heavily mascared eyelashes.

In holier-than-thou India, under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860, Unnatural Offences, whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with imprisonment for life or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend up to ten years and shall also be liable for fine.

The explanation being that penetration is sufficient to constitute the carnal intercourse necessary to the offence described in this section. And the punishment, imprisonment for life or up to ten years, is non-bailable.

And yet, despite such a telling punishment, just recently, the Mailardevpally police in Hyderabad on Monday arrested a man in connection with the death of a female dog claiming that the dog was murdered and raped afterwards by a person identified as Aslam Khan, a native of Delhi, who had came to the city a few days back to meet his friends.

According to the statement, Mohd Jahangir, a resident of Shastripuran area, had a female pet dog in his house. On Monday morning around 8 am, Jahangir noticed his pet making abnormal noises and sent his sons to check. They were shocked to see a person involved in unnatural sex with the dog.

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Pervert Aslam Khan.  

The Mailardevpally police registered a case under sections 429, 374 and 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

In September 2014, an 18-year-old Indian girl, Mangli Munda, was married to a stray dog as part of a tribal ritual designed to ward off an evil spell in a remote village in Jharkhand. The wedding was hastily organised by village elders after a local guru led Mangli's parents to believe that the teenager possessed ill-luck and that marrying a man would bring destruction to the family and her community.

International media went berserk over this bizarre news, and quoted the hesitant bride as saying, "I am marrying a dog because the village elders believe my evil spell will be passed on to the dog. After that is done, the man I will marry will have a long life."

Her father added: "The village elders told us that we should organise the wedding as soon as we can. We had to make sure that the evil spell is destroyed."

In January this year, a seven-year-old boy in Jharkhand was also forced to marry a female dog to ward off his future bad luck. Mukesh Kerayi's horoscope predicted that his first wife would die prematurely. Also, he had grown a tooth in the upper part of his mouth which, according to traditional beliefs, is a bad omen.

At the wedding, the dog was dressed in a bridal outfit, while the residents of Manik Bazar village turned out for the celebrations just like a normal marriage. However, after the ceremony was over, the dog was kicked back to the streets.

Sex with animals while looked upon as dirty and diseased and also abnormal is fairly common in India, though seldom discussed, just the way we never really talk about BDSM flourishing here and the sale of sex toys in markets that sell smuggled imported goods.

In a nation that shies away from self-pleasure, and pretends incest is a myth - what more proof are we looking for that justifies how sexually depraved we are as a people and just how far we will go to get a sexual high that has no strings attached!

How centuries of andha vishwas (blind belief) and religious hocus pocus mostly perpetrated by self-anointed gurus and illiterate village elders results in the worst kind of sexual violations. How we live in denial that sex and marriage is only for humans and between humans, when animals are routinely used in not just sacrifices to please the gods, but also to satiate our deepest and darkest sexual desires.

How a woman I once interviewed for my second book, Sita's Curse, and who was fighting a marital rape case, confessed that her spouse used to routinely make her haunch on her fours and squat over her, asking her to emit canine noises, and how he loved making her watch pornographic videos that showed a woman masturbating while a snake slithered over her privates?

How we tell a childless woman to drink cow's urine so that she is blessed with a son, the same way husbands and lovers command you to fornicate with animals, the same pretense, the same pressures…

How Indian law can arrest one man and yet do nothing about the marriage to stray dogs - remaining silent and spineless, saying nothing, in the end. While sex remains largely hush-hush and the filth mostly, in our minds…

 

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