India’s court in the southern state of Kerala has ruled in favor of a lesbian couple who wish to spend the rest of their lives together.
Ms Sreeja who is a 40 year old woman, petitioned to the Indian high court after her partner Aruna, 24, had been detained against her will by her own family. Sreeja told the court that the two of them had been in a relationship for two years and moved in together in August of this year. This case presented to the high court is the first of its kind since homosexuality had been decriminalized in the country earlier this month.
Seerja’s petition stated that the police had taken Aruna away from their home the day after they had moved in together in the Kollam district which is 25 miles north of the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram.
According to Seerja the police were responding to a complaint from Aruna’s mother when she claimed that her daughter was missing. After the local magistrate hearing had set Aruna free of her missing person’s case, she was yet again taken against her will to her mother’s home. As soon as the court had set her free, Aruna was rushed away and manhandled by a group of people.
After Seerja had filed the petition the high court summoned Aruna. During the hearing Aruna told the court that she wished to live with her partner and the court had no other option but to let them be together. This new ruling is possible thanks to the criminalization of homosexuality recently being thrown out.