A lesbian couple in India’s Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district are seeking police protection after eloping from their abusive families.
The courts will now decide if they get protection.
According to Shamli District Magistrate Jasjit Kaur, the two women, aged 22 and 23, ran away from their villages as they feared a threat to their lives after their families did not approve of their decision to live together and allegedly threatened ‘extreme consequences’.
“They are both adults and free to live wherever they want,” Kaur said to the Logical Indian.
A further ruling will be made shortly. The case highlights the stigma and abuse faced by same-sex couples despite homosexuality being decriminalised two years ago.