The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has given out two historic verdicts in favor of the LGBTQ community. As per the first verdict, Transwomen can now be brides under the Hindu Marriage Act.
While quoting from the Supreme court Judgements and epics like the Ramayana and Mahabharata, Justice GR Swaminathan said that the expression ‘bride’ in the Hindu Marriage Act does not have a static or immutable meaning. Holding that, the expression ‘Bride would to include not only a woman but also a trans woman. He then directed the authorities to register a marriage between Arun Kumar and Sreeja, a transwoman.
The second verdict that was given out bans gender reassignment surgeries on Intersex infants.
Justice Swaminathan directed the Tamil Nadu government to ban sex reassignment surgeries on intersex children. He also said that it is the responsibility of the government to launch awareness campaigns so that the birth of an intersex child is not a matter of embarrassment or shame.
“Any intersex child is entitled to stay within the folds of its family. The running away to the margins and beyond is a fatal journey that must be arrested, Time has come when they are brought back from the margin to the mainstream,” Justice Swaminathan said in his statement.
This is indeed a historic verdict for Transwomen an Intersex people in India as they now have the right to decide their own path and even get their marriage registered!