Charges Dismissed Against Indian Lesbian Couple
December 15, 2004
By 365Gay.com 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
Gay activists in India have tried with no avail for
several years to have the country’s sodomy law overturned.
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