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Court Marriage of Man and Transwoman

Author : OdishaTodayBureau | Posted on: 2019-05-22

In Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi, the first of its kind marriage between a man and a transwoman is set to be made official, following a recent order by the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court upholding their marriage. A. Srija, 20 and B. Arun Kumar, 23 (couple) — who got married last October at Sri Sankara Rameswarar temple in accordance with Hindu customs, approached the District Registrar Office on Monday to get their marriage registered, and are likely to receive their marriage certificate soon.

 

The ‘couple’ had to overcome legal and bureaucratic hurdles to get it registered. Earlier, Sub-Registrar office refused to issue a marriage certificate, citing lack of provisions in existing norms to formalise a cis-transgender marriage. They then approached the High Court, which passed a significant judgment on April 22 upholding their marriage.

 

Madurai bench of madras High Court stated that discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation impairs equality before law, and held that the expression ‘bride’ under the Hindu Marriage Act would also include transwomen. High court forbids the State authorities to question the self-determination of transgender as of a woman. Last year, a transman and transwoman tied the knot in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

 

Previously, Mr. Arun Kumar, a contract worker with the railways and Ms. Srija, a second-year undergraduate student of English Literature at the V.O. Chidambaram College, tied the knot at the temple even as priests did not officiate their wedding.

 

Speaking to The Hindu, Ms. Srija said, “Marriages with transwomen are not usually enduring, as they end up being deserted. We approached the court to make the lives of other transwomen better.”


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