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Ladies with identical intercourse orientation transfer HC complaining of harassment by mother and father

The Madras High Court has decided to conduct closed proceedings in a case where two young women of the same sex have come to court about their parents’ harassment. Fearing a threat to their lives, the petitioners alleged that their parents were forcing them to run from pillar to post just because they were their children, who belong to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community , could not accept.

Justice N. Anand Venkatesh said the case at hand needed to be treated with more sensitivity and empathy as it appeared to be an example of how society even at this age dealt with same-sex orientation. The judge invited the fathers of the two women to the next hearing in his chambers on March 29 so that they could be heard in camera before making a decision on the matter.

The judge directed government attorney Raghavan to receive notifications on behalf of the inspectors at Tallakulam and Avaniapuram Police Stations in Madurai that cases of “missing women” had been registered based on complaints made by the petitioners’ parents. He also recorded what the judicial officer said that the police were being instructed to ensure the safety of the petitioners.

The petitioners’ attorney, S. Manuraj, told the court that the police were constantly harassing his clients, who now live in Chennai, because women missed complaints from their parents. He asked the court to give the police an order not to harass the women and to ensure that they are not threatened by their parents, who were unable to accept the relationship between them.

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