Desi gay couple to get ‘hooked’ in Telangana, state first

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India’s Supreme Court may have overturned Section 377 three years ago on September 6 by legalizing same-sex relationships, but the law still does not consider same-sex marriage to be legal in the country. In the midst of it all, a gay couple residing in Telangana decided to take their relationship to another level. So, if same-sex marriage is not legal, how do the couple hope to seal their union? By offering wishes of unity and fellowship and celebrating their 8 year journey with their friends and family in attendance.

Supriyo Chakraborty and Abhay Dang have been together for 8 years and now in order to celebrate their beautiful relationship, will recite vows, organize small parties to mark their love but without any ritual or marriage formality.

Chakraborty, who is a faculty member at a hotel management institute in the city, said the duo met on an online dating app all these years ago and after a few small hurdles the both revealed their relationship with their families who accepted them for who they were.

“The idea is to celebrate our union with our friends and family. We will all have the symbolic rituals such as taking vows together, exchanging rings, cutting cakes, etc. We are happy together and this is what we want to celebrate, “said Chakraborty, quoted by The Times of India.

His partner Abhay Dang is employed as a software developer in an IT company.

The couple believe that greater awareness through exposure on LGBT couples will help more and more people understand that a queer couple is similar in many ways to that of a heterosexual couple.

While this is indeed a heartwarming story about an actual gay couple being allowed to mark their love, a recent real-life incident has caused a lot of uproar on Twitter. A Dabur’s Fem ad was criticized by a section of social media users who criticized the ad for hurting Hindu feelings. While the idea was to juxtapose the traditional Hindu ritual of “Karwa Chauth” with an inclusive message, it was not taken kindly. To add to this, Madhya Pradesh Home Secretary Narottam Mishra also threatened to ask the cops to take action if the company does not withdraw it.

After facing numerous threats and lagging behind on social media, Dabur India shared a post while removing the ad from all of its social media.

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