Last edited: December 16, 2004

Charges Dismissed Against Indian Lesbian Couple, December 15, 2004

By Newscenter Staff

New Delhi, India—A judge in the Indian city of Amritsar has dismissed a case against a lesbian couple saying there was no law that prevented the women from living together.

Homosexuality is illegal in India, but lesbians are not specifically mentioned in the law the judge noted.

The two women, on 18, the other 25, say they were married in a Hindu ceremony, but did not provide proof of the wedding, according to Indian media reports.

The women claimed their marriage was performed according to Hindu rites, but police said they did not believe Hindu priests would knowingly have allowed a same-sex marriage.

The couple was detained by police following a complaint by the father of one of the women who told officers that his neighbors had shunned the family after his daughter’s sexuality was known.

The family of the other woman reportedly supports the couple.

Gay activists in India have tried with no avail for several years to have the country’s sodomy law overturned.

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