N Srinivasan's gay son accuses father of holding him captive: Report

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 05, 2015 19:45 IST

Former BCCI chief N Srinivasan's gay son Ashwin has accused his father of forcing him to get married and have children, reports said Wednesday.

Ashwin reportedly told the DNA newspaper that he and and his partner Avi Mukherjee were being held captive in the First Avenue neighbourhood of the Madras Boat Club near his father's residence in Chennai.

Ashwin said this happened after he spoke out in May 2014 on his brother-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan's alleged links with well-known bookies.

"I want my father to give me my share of family property and let me live my life the way I want with my partner Avi... "We're being held captive against our will and tortured by my father who wants me to break up with Avi, get married and have children to further the family line," the DNA quoted him as saying.

This report, coming two weeks after a senior doctor of Delhi's premier AIIMS hospital committed suicide alleging mental torture by her gay husband, has put the focus again on homosexual men being forced into marriage with partners of the opposite sex.

The DNA also published a series of letters between the two in which Ashwin accuses his father of unleashing violence on him and his partner over the years.

The letters seemed to have been written on Srinivasan's personal stationery in 2007-2008.

One of the letters in August 2008 had Srinivasan reportedly saying, "Although our views on your relationship and friend have honestly not changed - I can't see why you can't either restore family ties by spending weekends at Chennai or look at getting involved in the family business by staying here during the weekdays.

In another letter, Srinivasan accused Avi of trying to "asset manage" Ashwin and extort his family property.

DNA said Srinivasan refused to comment on the report saying it was a "personal matter between father and son."

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