A courtship of five months and a marriage of 46 days. That's how 28-year-old Rashmi defines her marriage. Rashmi, who got married in November 2013, and didn't want her last name or location to be identified, recalls that her husband was emotionally distant, tried his best to "avoid physical intimacy", and would accuse her of having a "heightened sexual appetite" whenever she broached the subject. "There was always some excuse: either he was not ready, or there wasn't enough privacy for us, or he was tired from work," she says. Luckily for Rashmi, a social worker, a common contact helped her reach her in-laws' family doctor, who revealed that her husband was gay. That revelation finally supplied her with the resolve to end the marriage.
"Intially, it was hard to believe, especially as we had been intimate before marriage. Even at that time, though, he often insisted that we 'don't cross our limits' [in physical intimacy]," says Rashmi.