The president of Uzbekistan has claimed that homosexuality is a “vulgar” part of Western culture.
Islam Karimov made the comments during a televised meeting of deputies in the Tashkent region last week.
In a video translated by Radio Free Europe, he said: “We talk about so-called Western culture. We call it vulgar culture. You know what I mean. It’s inappropriate even to speak about this in front of women.
“When men live with men and women live with women, I think there must be something wrong up here,” he said, pointing at his head. “Something is broken here. There is a saying: When God wants to reveal someone’s vulgarity, he first takes his reason away.”
Male homosexuality is illegal in the former Soviet state, which still has close ties to Russia, and is punishable by up to three years in prison.