They were in love and lived together in an alien city for two years after running away from their homes. But now, the couple — two women aged 22 and 24 – is battling family pressure that wants to separate them against their will.
The 24-year-old, originally a resident of Rajasthan’s Bharatpur, said her parents have accepted the couple but alleged her partner’s family resorted to intimidation and falsehood to pry them apart.
“We love each other and want to live together for the rest of our lives. But her father and brother have forced her to leave me. They shouted at me and threatened me to keep away,” the 24-year-old told HT over phone on Friday.
“We are not being allowed to meet. She is not being allowed to even speak to me over phone.”
The 22-year-old, a resident of Delhi, and her partner eloped in November 2014, ran away to Jaipur, got jobs and settled down in a house together.
But following abduction complaints by both families, the police traced them on Wednesday. Since then, the older women alleges, her partner’s family has been trying to pull them apart.
Such cases aren’t uncommon in a country where same-sex relationships are illegal and the source of social stigma. Earlier this week, a Class 11 student killed herself in Haryana after harassment for being in a love with a woman.
In the present case, the 24-year-old says her younger partner is being intimidated by her parents. “My parents have said they will let me live my life the way I want. But she is not able to gather the courage to speak against her parents and brothers,” said the woman.
When a Delhi Police team landed at their rented accommodation in Jaipur and asked the 22-year-old to accompany them to the Capital for legal reasons, the older woman insisted on tagging along. She feared that the couple would be separated.
In Delhi on Wednesday, the 22-year-old – a former Delhi University student — and her parents had an emotional reunion during which she was made to promise that she would stay back at home.
But when produced before a magistrate, the woman made it clear that she wanted to spend the rest of her life with her partner and had no intention of returning to her parents.
So, when it was time for the older woman to leave for Bharatpur where a abduction case was registered after her disappearance – the younger woman decided to accompany her. But the 22-year-old’s family also travelled with them, apparently assuring them that they would not separate them.
“But we were tricked by her parents. When we reached Bharatpur, she was taken away. I requested her father and she protested the separation, but she is under pressure from her family and is unable to muster the courage,” alleged the 24-year-old.
She now plans to wait and watch before deciding on the next step. “When we were leaving Delhi yesterday (Thursday), we feared we could be separated. So we promised each other that no matter what happens, we will get back together. So, I am sure no one can separate us for too long,” she said.