After being in love for seven years, two women got married to each other in Uttar Pradesh’s Hamirpur district. This comes after the Supreme Court in September scrapped section 377 decriminalising homosexuality. Using their right of getting married to same gender, two women from UP divorced their husbands and got married to each other.
The same-sex marriage was reported on December 29 when the two women, aged 21 and 26, approached the registrar with an affidavit that their marriage is registered and socially recognised. According to reports, the women aged 24 and 26, fell in love in college. They were forced to drop out of college when their families came to know about their relationship. They were later married off against their wish.
“Two women living under Rath Police Station area of Hamirpur came to my office, and married each other by garlanding one another. One of the women is 26 years old. The other is 21 years old, who is a mother. They came with an affidavit that their marriage is registered and that it should be socially recognised,” sub-registrar Ramkishor Pal told India Today.
Dayashankar Tiwari, the lawyer for the 21-year-old, said his client is the daughter of a government school teacher, while the 26-year-old is the daughter of a labourer. He also further added that registrar RK Pal refused to register their marriage since there is no government law for the same.
On September 6, 2018, in a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court decriminalised homosexuality. The apex court struck down section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalises homosexuality.