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Lesbian Couple Tied Knot in Bengaluru, Parents File FIR, Calls Out For Counseling!!

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In Bengaluru, India’s First (maybe) Lesbian couple tied the knot at the temple. Sahana, 25 YO (Name changed) tied a knot with Shilpa (Name changed) 21 YO at a temple in Koramangala. The duos are far-off relatives. Later parents of Sahana filed a missing complaint against police and demanded to counsel for the women.

The duos are far-off relatives. Later parents of Sahana filed a missing complaint against police and demanded to counsel for the women.

The elder one Sahana works in a call center and her father is a small businessman, whereas Shilpa is studying B.com in a private college in Bengaluru and his father formalizes weddings.

The identities of both women are not been disclosed by Bangalore Mirror as they can face problems.
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Sahana said in her statement that when Shilpa was in her teen, since then she was attracted towards her. She came close to her with a way of the modern world, as her family is very orthodox.

She used to take her to malls for shoppings and bought her expensive gifts. But when Shilpa came to know her feelings for her, she rejected it. However, she succeeds to win her.

In May they decided to run away together, as their parents would never agree to their decision. While older one was searching a place to live, Shilpa stayed in a hostel. Two weeks later they found a place and moved in together in Koramangala.Two weeks later they found a place and moved in together in Koramangala.
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Shilpa’s Parents in between filed a missing complaint in Vijayanagar police station. Later, police traced them in rented place in Koramangala but couldn’t do anything as they both were adults. They get in touch with an NGO and an advocate even informed the police that is not going back to their families, as they are happy together.

The parents informed the police about their getting married and their sexual relationship.unless one of a women complaint about it to the police they weren’t able to do anything as they do not have jurisdiction they rejected to act.

Then the case was referred to Vanitha Sahayavani in police commissioner’s office by the police. Senior counselor BS Saraswathi said she had spoken to both the women and their “counseling was on”.

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The parents demanded psychiatric counseling for the duo, said senior officer dealing with the case.

Gowthaman Ranga, of the Alternative Law Forum, said that since both are adults and have discovered love, nobody should persecute and prosecute them under Section 377. “The 2013 judgment categorically says that one cannot be booked under Section 377 based on identity {gays or lesbians}. However, it varies from case to case.”

However, former public prosecutor S Doreraju said: “Lesbian marriage is not recognized and is a punishable offense under Section 377, provided one of them becomes a complainant. Parents of both the women can also lodge a complaint but not under IPC section 377. They can give other reasons such as ‘psychological imbalance’ or ‘negatively influencing’ the other woman.”

Shilpa decided to stay with an NGO and will not go back to her family till the matter is resolved.

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