Same-sex lovers elope to marry in Bihar, one jailed
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Same-sex lovers elope to marry in Bihar, one jailed

This is the second case of same-sex marriage in Bihar, the earlier case was reported in 2013 from Rohtas

patna Updated: May 09, 2017 20:33 IST
Rajesh Thakur
Rajesh Thakur
Hindustan Times, Hajipur
Representative illustration(Syamal Das)

Two girls stunned a Hajipur police late Monday evening by their surprise appearance, almost a month after they had ‘eloped’ and been listed as ‘gone missing’ on April 10 last.

What sent the thana into a dizzy, was that they also claimed to have married each other and were now husband and wife.They belong to the same caste and same village.

The unprecedented event, just the second to be reported in Bihar after the first such case of same-sex marriage in Rohtas in 2013, evoked great curiosity as one of the ‘couple’ is also a minor.

Ani (name changed), aged about 27, and Dini (name changed) aged about 15 said they had ‘eloped’ to Delhi and were informed that there were people in Mumbai, who could help Ani change her sex to male. Ani, wanted to spend her whole life with Dini as wife, following a two-year relationship they had nurtured in a village of Bidupur block of Vaishali, unknown to anybody.

If they are to be believed, they performed the rituals of marriage before the home deity prior to elopement and reaching Mumbai. Ani had been working with a consultancy farm in Patna, while Dini, a minor was pursuing studies. They claimed, they married each other for beauty.

The parents of either girls had suspected their abduction and lodged separate cases with the Bidupur police, a week ago. On being informed, the station house officer of Bidupur took over their custody from the Hajipur thana, where they had ‘surrendered’ and tried to return them to their parents on Tuesday, after counselling.

However, with the girls refusing to live apart and insisting to be together, the police had to produce them in a local court. The court ordered Ani, an adult, to be sent to jail on charges of luring a minor girl to marry and live as wife after same-sex marriage, while the minor was sent to a short stay home after the court recorded their statements and directed for a medical examination.

“Ani said, he had earlier contacted some persons in Mumbai and through them contacted some doctors for sex change. The doctors insisted with him to produce documents of consent from parents and arrange close to Rs 11 lakh for the surgery”, a police officer said.

Ani somehow arranged Rs 45000 before eloping with Dini on April 1. However, their parents, after searching for them everywhere, lodged a case of missing only on April 10, he said.

The minor, who passed matric examination last year, did not agree to go to the house of her parents. She was adamant on ‘living or dying’ with Ani and was sent to a short stay home after a medical examination and recording of their statements in court, the officer said.

First Published: May 09, 2017 20:33 IST