This may be one of the most bizarre things that you hear today. An app launched in India’s Mumbai -named Rent A Boyfriend - claims to ‘cure depression’ by ‘renting a boyfriend’.
Launched in Pune and Mumbai, Rent A Boyfriend (RABF) is the brainchild of 29- year-old Kaushal Prakash, who claims to have created this app with the sole purpose of ‘curing depression.’
His whole concept is based on the idea that depression in India can be eliminated by providing boyfriends to everyone.
This interior decorator-turned-entrepreneur Prakash asserts, “There won't be any sexual relations or private meetings.” But his statement obviously does not explain why his website is flooded with shirtless pictures of men, ranging from age 22-25, showing off their abs.
The entrepreneur cites his suffering from Depression as the main reason for creating and launching this App, according to a Times of India report.
RABF also has a toll-free number where anyone who feels depressed can vent out for a period of 15-20 minutes for Rs 500.
When asked why shouldn't people consult psychologist and psychiatrist instead? He responds, “In India, people have that typical ‘what will people say’ reaction, the same response girls get when they wear short clothes.”
To add salt to the injury, while the website claims that men need to be ‘well-behaved’ and provide ‘emotional support, still, the men who are hired are required to be only 10th or 12th standard pass.
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