However, these words have angered the LGBT community causing many to question Azad’s knowledge on homosexuality. Ma Faiza, a famous lesbian found it utterly outrageous for a health minister to make such a comment.
She said, “When the country is growing economically, then why can’t it grow spiritually and culturally? Why does such a mindset still exist?” Faiza asked, adding “Azad’s comments are prehistoric. Homosexuality has existed in society for many centuries and it’s sad that a man at such a high position has made this comment.”
Vikram Phukan, former editor of Bombay Dost said, “All I can say to Azad is get well soon and get some education. Instead of trying to garner brownie points, he should display more empathy for the sexual minorities.”
Phukan added that the remark made by Azad would undo all the good Dr Ramadoss, the previous health minister had made, adding that such comments were taking the country back to the dark ages.
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