A cer­e­mony that could be in­ter­preted as a les­bian wed­ding gets sup­port from fa­mous names

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Ruchika Garg ruchika.garg@hin­dus­tan­times.com

I haven’t heard about this [wed­ding], but if this is true, that’s fan­tas­tic. ‘Live and let live’ is a good prin­ci­ple in mat­ters of sex­u­al­ity SWARA BHASKAR, AC­TOR

The same-sex ‘wed­ding’ of Man­jit Kaur, a war­den for the Pun­jab state gov­ern­ment, and a 27-year-old woman who was re­port­edly her girl­friend is pos­si­bly a first in the state, and one of the very, very few such cer­e­monies to have got so­cial ac­cep­tance in this coun­try.

The video and pic­tures of the cer­e­mony went vi­ral, and peo­ple ap­plauded the fam­i­lies of the two, who are seen en­joy­ing the lav­ish shaadi.

Pos­i­tive mes­sages have come not just from the LGBTQ (les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual, trans­gen­ders and queer) com­mu­nity, but also from celebri­ties. They’ve hailed the two for tak­ing the step de­spite Sec­tion 377 of the In­dian Pe­nal Code that crim­i­nalises a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship “against the or­der of na­ture”.

Mohnish Mal­ho­tra, gay rights ac­tivist and an or­gan­iser of the Delhi Queer Pride Pa­rade, says, “The com­mu­nity is grow­ing out of the fear of Sec­tion 377. This event is proof that if you want to change the at­ti­tude on the sub­ject, it won’t hap­pen through ma­jor events but through the small things.”

Bol­ly­wood celebri­ties are also up­beat about it.

Ac­tor Swara Bhaskar had ear­lier sup­ported the LGBTQ com­mu­nity by slam­ming the con­tro­ver­sial Ar­ti­cle 377 through her tweet. She says, “I think it’s a great step. Sec­tion 377 of IPC is a colo­nial and Vic­to­rian era hang­over in our pe­nal code.” Film­maker Onir, who is openly gay, says, “I feel that we all should sup­port the [Pun­jab] cou­ple.”

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