Let there be love: West Bengal plays host to first “rainbow wedding” of transgender couple
Kolkata: Almost a year after the Supreme Court of India decriminalised homosexuality, an Indian transgender couple in West Bengal tied the knot in what is being hailed as the state’s first “rainbow wedding”. The bride, Tista Das and the groom, Dipan Chakravarthy got married in Kolkata in a traditional Bengali ceremony earlier this week.
Both the bride and the groom have undergone sex reassignment surgery. Their union has paved the way for individuals across the country who have to hide their sexual orientation owing to societal confines. India is currently home to a transgender population which comprises several million citizens.
Speaking to a leading news agency, the blushing bride said that the couple feels awesome at having been able to move out of the “gender box”. She added that it is unique to be an exception which has only contributed to the otherwise strong bond between the two of them. This is a bond of love and of liberty, said an exuberated Das while adding that the wedding is a solidarity of the souls of her and her partner.
The bride also spoke of her life within the confines of Indian society, adding that it was an uphill battle for her to achieve her identity as a woman and as a human being. The brutal society did not even consider me a human being, she told the agency.
Bengal’s first “rainbow wedding” comes days after the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019, was passed in the Lok Sabha by means of a voice vote. The bill was tabled by Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thawarchand Gehlot and endorsed by Rattan Lal Kataria, Minister of State (MoS) for the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
Courtesy : Times Now