American artist Miles Patrick’s Indian adventure took a wrong turn last month.
The fifty-five year old, who moved to tourist town Mahabalipuram, known for its famous temples, back in 1998. Things went swimmingly for many years until Patrick reportedly started “seducing” local fishermen, a move that garnered him a five-year jail sentence:
Magistrate of Tirukazhukundram court pronounced the sentence on July 27 after finding Miles Patrick, a resident of New York, guilty of inducing young fishermen into homosexuality by showing pornographic films and giving narcotics.
The court sentenced Srinivasan, a local associate of Patrick, to three-year rigorous imprisonment for aiding and abetting him in his acts.
The two were arrested by the Mahablipuram police last year on a complaint from 25-year old local fisherman Desamuthu.
Though India’s urban citizens have become more accepting in recent years, same-sex loving remains illegal thanks to the colonial era law, Section 377.