Manvendra Singh Ghoul, son of the Maharaja of Rajpipla in Gujarat, has reviewed that his parents subjected him to shock therapy and forced him to have counseling to ‘cure’ him of his sexuality.
“As I was growing up, I was attracted to the same sex but couldn’t understand what’s wrong,” said the 53-year-old royal.
“If you don’t follow what they say they will emotionally blackmail you by saying: ‘We will jump in the nearby well,'” he said about his parents after he came out as gay in 2006.
“I was so unaware about the whole thing that I thought probably after I get married maybe I could become a heterosexual,” he said of his 15 month arranged marriage.
Gohil, the first openly gay prince, now runs LGBT+ charity The Lakshya Trust.