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In A First, Lesbian Couple Ties Knot In Bengaluru! Leaves Police Puzzled

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| July 6 , 2017 , 11:19 IST

India is modern in its approach yet orthodox in its traditions. Lesbian and gay marriages are not allowed as per the law in India and this brings us to a brave yet romantic story of a lesbian couple in Bengaluru who have recently tied the knot in a temple without giving a damn to the society.

 A 25-year-old woman married a 21-year-old at a temple in Koramangala, Bengaluru. The parents of the younger woman have filed a complaint with the police, who are now apparently “counseling” the couple with a hope to “make them aware” of the negative fallout of their decision in the future.

The two women in love are reportedly long distant relatives. One of them, Rani (name changed) is studying B.Com in a private college in Bengaluru and her father officiates weddings; the older one (say Pooja) works in a call center and her father runs a business.

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In a statement to the police, Pooja said, 'I was attracted to Shilpa when she was in her teens. But since Rani belonged to a very orthodox family, I decided to make her comfortable in the modern world, hence took her out for shopping at malls and bought western clothes for her. But when I expressed my love for Shilpa, it was met with rejection. But over the course of time, I won her over'.

The couple had initially decided to run from their respective homes and started living together in Kormangala. They took help from an NGO and told the police that they did not wish to go back home as they were happy in each other's company.

Senior counselor BS Saraswathi said that both of the women were “under counseling”.

Section 377, which criminalises homosexual sex states: Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to 10 years, and shall also be liable to fine.

Within the chaos, the debate is heating up as to whether Rani should be prosecuted for a criminal offense or not.