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UP: Lesbian couple seeks police protection to live with each other

Sulagna D
·1-min read
Participants take part in a gay pride march in New Delhi June 28, 2009. About a thousand gays, lesbians, transsexuals and supporters participated in the parade on Sunday. REUTERS/Buddhika Weerasinghe (INDIA SOCIETY)
Participants take part in a gay pride march in New Delhi June 28, 2009. About a thousand gays, lesbians, transsexuals and supporters participated in the parade on Sunday. REUTERS/Buddhika Weerasinghe (IMAGE FOR REPRESENTATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY)

A lesbian couple in Uttar Pradesh's Shamli district has sought police protection after their families opposed their decision to live with each other and allegedly threatened them of dire consequences, an official said on Saturday.

According to Shamli District Magistrate Jasjit Kaur, the two women, aged 22 and 23, eloped from their villages fearing a threat to their lives.

'They are both adults and free to live wherever they want,' Kaur said.

The duo approached authorities on Friday evening seeking police protection, she said.

Their statements have been recorded and on the basis of these, an order will be issued by the sub divisional magistrate.

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