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Doctor treating homosexuals with electric shock summoned by Delhi court

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A doctor, who terms as "genetic mental disorder" and uses to treat and people, has been summoned by a court as an accused for violating norms.

Though Dr P K Gupta was de-barred by the Medical Council (DMC), he was still indulging in this bizarre practice.

The court took note of a complaint against Gupta by the DMC, which claimed that he was using hormonal and shock therapy to provide treatment.

The complaint said the DMC had debarred Gupta in 2016 from practising in and as he was still projecting himself as a doctor, he was liable for prosecution.

Metropolitan said treatment given by doctors as a part of "conversion therapy" was not recognised either by medical science or by legislature.

Conversion therapy is an attempt to change a person's using psychological or spiritual interventions.

The court summoned the doctor as accused saying he was prima facie found to be contravening a provision of the Indian Medical Council Act which entails a maximum of one year jail term.

"It is amply clear that the legislature in its prudence and vision did not thought to be part of Accordingly, it is clear that the treatment given by the doctors as a part of 'conversion therapy' is not recognised either by the medicine or by the legislation," the said.

The court said from the complaint, it was prima facie clear that Gupta was practising as a doctor in Delhi despite being debarred by the DMC.

A person found practising without registration, even qualified, shall be liable for action specified by the council, it said.

The court, in its summons, also referred to the judgement on delivered by the which had decriminalised consensual sexual acts between two adults in private.

Initially, the council received a letter from Anjali Gopalan, of Naz Foundation (India) Trust, informing it about a report in 2015 where some doctors advocated for 'conversion therapy' claiming to convert "homosexuals into heterosexuals".

According to the report, some doctors including Gupta were using hormonal therapy, shock treatment and medications to treat homosexuals as if they are suffering from some

The letter also referred to another article which said the dubious procedure included which could lead to depression, anxiety, and suicidal tendencies.

Referring to the articles, the complaint had said Gupta had described as a genetic and believed in exploring evidence of childhood psychological damage before starting the treatment.

The court said that Gupta, running a super speciality clinic at Karol Bagh area here, was charging Rs 4,500 for 15 minutes counselling, after which he decides to go for or

When the DMC a issued notice to the doctor regarding alleged professional misconduct, Gupta had said he was not registered with the council and was not liable to respond.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 13:10 IST
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