Lesbians Defy Indian Law
December 20, 2004
The parents of two young women in the state of Punjab
have reacted furiously following the couple’s determination to live together
as a couple.
Known only as Raju and Mala, the former’s mother is
quoted as saying: “It is humiliating for us and for humanity. We only wish
they are joking.” Raju’s father, Tarsem Singh has called for their arrest.
The police however have said that it is not an issue in
which they can get involved as there is no law in India that states that two
women living together is a crime.
The two women want their marriage registered and are
petitioning the government to change the law on same-sex marriages.
Raju’s mother was quoted by Calcutta’s Telegraph
newspaper as saying: “We had no idea that the two were up to other things
than being just good friends. They were always seen together.
“We used to laugh when they used to say they would get
married to each other. Now we know why Raju shunned the proposals that used to
come for her. Mala’s parents, too, hold similar views.”
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