India’s health minister has sparked a furious row over comments in which he described homosexuality as a “disease”.

Ghulam Nabi Azad told a conference on HIV/Aids that gay sex was “unnatural”.

One leading Aids campaigner said the minister was “living on another planet”. The UN has also condemned his comments.

Gay sex was decriminalised in the country in a landmark judgement in 2009 but anti-homosexual discrimination remains widespread.

Mr Azad told the meeting in Delhi on Monday that homosexuality “is a disease which has come from other countries.

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