Indian Lesbian Couple Weds
July 30, 2005
NEW DELHI—Two teenage women have
married in a traditional Hindu ceremony in India’s West Singhbhum
district—despite laws which forbid same-sex marriage.
The women, identified in the local media as Nitima Biruwa
and Laxmi Bari, were married in the village of Bharbaria with the blessings of
Press reports from the region say that the wedding was
arranged by family members.
The reports quote the father of one of the women as
saying that he had tried for months to break up the couple to no avail. He
then decided that the best thing would be to allow them to marry.
The women are still in school and say they intend to
finish their studies.
Last December the families of another lesbian couple who
married illegally in a Hindu ceremony went to police in Amritsar to try to
have the couple arrested under the country’s sodomy law. A judge ruled the
women could not be charged because lesbian sex was not mentioned in the sodomy
In March 2004, two gay men were attacked by their own
relatives after they came out and exchanged vows.
LGBT rights groups in India are trying to get the sodomy
law overturned but concede it is likely to be a long time before India permits
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