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Jharkhand: Daring Lesbian Cousins, Inspired From New York Based Lesbian Couple, Are Now Married!

Jharkhand: Daring Lesbian Cousins, Inspired From New York Based Lesbian Couple, Are Now Married!

Lesbian cousins (sisters) in Jharkhand tied the knot in a Shiv temple. Since the past few days, these sister disappreared from  Jhumari Telaiya, Koderma district.

Last week, i.e., on December 3rd 2020, the family members of the girls found the sisters living in a rented house in the  Chandwara area, post their wedding. After the families traced their location, the girls were forcefully brought back.

Many reports say that the sisters have been in a relationship for the past five years. However, on the 8th of November 2020 they decided tale their relationship to the next level by tying the knot; they fled from home and got married in a temple. Because of expected troubles from family and society, the couple wished to move to a different city; to stay away from any such hardships. One of the girls is 24 with a graduate and the other is 20 year old who has a 12th standard certificate.

lesbian cousins/lesbian cousins/Jharkhand: Daring Lesbian Cousins, Inspired From New York Based Lesbian Couple, Are Now Married!
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Inspired By New York Based Lesbian Couple:

This lesbian couple said they took inspiration from the New York based lesbians Sufi Sandals and Anjali Chakraborty; and their beautiful love story. The women later said that they were well aware of how the Indian government has decriminalized homosexual relationships; and come what may they would strive hard to stay together with each other.

Their marriage is recorded as the first ever homosexual union in the Kodarma district. The sisters started living together before they decided to tie the knot in secret, without letting their families know.

The couple even voiced the fact that they aren’t ashamed of being addressed as lesbians since it is exactly who they are.

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To Legalize Same-Sex Marriages In India:

In the recent times, Delhi High Court issued a notice to the Centre regarding a certain PIL; basically asking to recognize same-sex marriages as legal under the Hindu Marriage Act. The court accordingly merged the case with two LGBTQ couples’ petitions who seek legalization and recognition of their beautiful unions. They requested to legalize their marriages under the Special Marriage and the Foreign Marriage Act.

This PIL that seeks the recognition of same-sex weddings under the Hindu Marriage Act is said to be filed by Abhjit Iyer Mitra, Gopi Shankar M, Giti Thadani and G Oorvasi. Advocate Raghav Awasthi, appeared for the petitioners before the court of Justices Rajiv Sahai Endlaw and Asha Menon. He argued his case that the language used in the HMA is gender-neutral. Since no where does it say that the marriage has to happen only between a ‘woman’ and a ‘man’.

The Centre however, in September opposed this petition. It even submitted that “our law, legal system, society, our values” does not ever recognize the unions of same-sex couples. Tushar Mehta, the Solicitor General of our nation, submitted that allowing this prayer would stand as contrary to the already statutory provisions in place. “Our law, legal system, society, our values do not recognize the marriage – which is a sacrament – between same-sex couple,” Tushar said. He also added that for a marriage to gain legalization and recognition, a man and woman are compulsory; else the union is eligible to fall under degrees of the prohibited relationship of the Marriage Act.

Also Read: Lawyers Who Fought For Legalizing Homosexuality Will Now Fight For Same Sex Marriages In India

What Happens To The Couple And Their Marriage?

Since their union is not legalized and recognized by the government, there is a high chance that their families will try to use this against them. Also added to this is the societal hate and shame the couple has to endure because of lack of awareness and acceptance in many parts of our nation.

lesbian cousins/lesbian cousins/Jharkhand: Daring Lesbian Cousins, Inspired From New York Based Lesbian Couple, Are Now Married!
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Although many countries have decriminalized homosexuality, there is still a lack of awareness and high rates of homophobia in several countries; it’s the same case in India as well. Imagine how simple and easy things could be for the lesbian couple; if the government recognized and accepted same-sex unions. Here’s to wishing that changes happen and happen soon; and the couple find their peace soon.

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