EXCLUSIVE CLIP | Dan Savage Investigates India’s Anti-Gay Laws.
Activist/journalist Dan Savage appears on next week’s Explorer on National Geographic. The show takes an investigative look at science, nature and culture, both historic and modern in various parts of the world. Joining Savage as special guest host is Jeff Goldblum, who will lead in-depth interviews as Savage reports from the field.
In an exclusive clip, Savage visits India where he cites a survey that says 75% of the country’s LGBTQ community fears for their safety. Targets of extortion, abuse and prosecution, they face discrimination from every angle, including the police.
Savage sits down to talk to Dependra Pathak, the joint commissioner of police in Delhi. Pathak explains that homosexual sex is illegal, and although he did not have an exact number, he admitted that a good number of people have been imprisoned for the law. Savage argues that prison cannot cure homosexuality, as many inmates experience situational homosexuality.
“The law is a restitutive law,” Pathak argues. “It is a corrective law. And once I get corrected, I will be again in society as a normal citizen.”
Although Savage argues that no one is less gay when they come out of prison, Pathak stands by the “corrective law.” It’s an eye-opening look at the way LGBTQ people are still treated in many parts of the world.