The decision of the royal family of Rajpipla, 100 km from Baroda, to disown its gay scion, Manvendrasinh Gohil, and strip him of his title and inheritance rights, throws a big question mark over India's acceptance of homosexuality.
‘‘Manvendra is not in control of his mother and involved in activities unacceptable to society,’’ says one of the notices issued by his mother in a Gujarati daily, which also accuses him of disobedience and bringing dishonour to the family.
Gohil, for his part, says: "I came out as gay because I wanted people to openly discuss homosexuality since it’s a hidden affair with a lot of stigma attached."
Is homosexuality still unacceptable in the 21st century? If the Kama Sutra has no problems with same-sex relationships, should we?