| Homosexuality is not a taboo in Jharkhand Adivasi - Is it a myth or fact ?
There are many things written like that in past too and has been marketing by our profit motive media. Govt have tribal research institutes (TRI) to provide reliable sources of information about all tribal groups and educate public about tribal facts through internet and print media. But TRI is not active at all so, this commercial media is encashing their inactiveness. This business is promoting discrimination of Adivasi community in general suppose, they write or say Ho Society approves Homo-sexuality and Oraon Society was allowing pre-marital sex, which has not been acceptable in mainstream Indian society. These all put Adivasi people's life style in questionable mode just because they would not write their historical facts by themselves.
I and you might suggest educating and producing Adivasi writers can be one solution for above problem but, that's not enough. We should also discuss (and do at individual and community level) what could be more? Such as Adivasi unity etc.
Christian Missionary has done great ever service to promote Adivasi community in all sectors whether its health or education etc. This a fact that missionary motive has been totally religious, they say serving poverty ridden people means serving god, that's nice to hear or say but, as we know religion govern our politics and in that way they broken Adivasi community in two parts, one Adivasi and second Converted Christian (in which some of them don't feel any pride in calling them as an Adivasi coz officially they call themselves a Christian).
Lastly, politically motivated development action of our govt. could not accept yet Adivasi religion as a separate religion or faith group; they count it with in Hindu religion.
Homosexuality not a taboo in Jharkhand tribe
B Vijay Murty, Hindustan Times
Chaibasa (Jharkhand), July 06, 2009
Homosexuality or consensual sex between two members of the same gender may have been legalised now, but among the Ho tribe of Jharkhand it has always been socially accepted. Homosexual men are called Kothi Panthis in the region. There is no shame attached to being one.
The numbers of Kothi Panthis has been constantly increasing. Some attribute this to the near total absence of women in and around the numerous mines in the area, where a large number of males are at work all day and night.
A survey conducted by Citizen Foundation, an NGO, in a radius of 20 km in and around Chaibasa town in Jharkhand has revealed that the numbers of homosexual men were much higher than elsewhere. There are 10 meeting points at which these men assemble at Chaibasa every evening. There are at least two couples who claim to be married to each other.
Homosexuals here embrace all professions: some are farmers, some workers, some businessmen, some even government officials. If they are Hos, they face no social censure. However, in recent years, two of them have died of AIDS, while two others are known to have contracted the disease.
"Observing the alarming rise in their numbers and the rampant practice of unsafe sex, the Jharkhand Government invited us to spread awareness and carry out interventions and treatment programmes among them," Sanjeev Kumar, the project manager of Citizen Foundation, told Hindustan Times.
He said that they begun work in April last year in assistance with Jharkhand State Aids Control Society, and explored several unusual facets of the Ho community. "Most of them had developed relationship with their partners from their childhood," said Kumar.
"It's tough convincing them to stop practicing homosexuality," said Singh. "Tribal society has no hassles accepting gay marriages. It has been happening amongst them since decades." Citizen Foundation's outreach workers, Vikash Verma and Anand Tripathi said they conduct monthly meeting of the group members. "The meetings focus primarily on improving health, financial status, and living conditions. We arrange bank loans for them to start business and lead dignified lives," said Verma.
Though largely ignorant of the historic Delhi High Court ruling legalizing homosexuality, a group member said, "Now, at least, the police will not harass us."
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