For the first time in the country: In Indore, a man-turned-woman got married, made his sister’s friend his wife.
After the Supreme Court gave legal recognition to transgender marriage, for the first time a marriage took place under the Special Marriage Act in Indore district of Madhya Pradesh. Here a young man who became a woman has got married.
Published by: Arjun Richhariya
In Indore, a young man who became a woman has married a girl. This is the first case in the country. Transgender marriage was given legal recognition by the Supreme Court in October. After this, in Indore on Thursday, a young man who became a woman married the girl under the Special Marriage Act. This marriage took place between a young man from Alka who became Astitva and a young woman named Aastha.
Let us tell you that 25 people from both the families participated in the court marriage. Last year, on her 47th birthday, Alka got her gender changed from female to male by undergoing surgery. After this he changed his name to Astitva.
Married to sister’s friend
Astitva is married to Aastha, who is his sister’s friend. Aastha was aware of this change from the beginning. He was told about the entire process of Alka coming into existence. Aastha said that we decided to get married after much consideration. Both the families also had no problem in this. After this, both of them explained their situation to Additional Collector Roshan Rai and applied for marriage.
What is Special Marriage Act?
The Special Marriage Act applies to all religions. Under this law, there is no need to change religion to register a marriage, be it Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Jain, Buddhist or any other religion. Through this law, every citizen of India has been given the constitutional right to marry in whichever religion or caste they want. The Supreme Court has said that the case of transgender marriages is in the nature of heterosexual relationship and it should also be given legal recognition.
Courtesy: Amar Ujala
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