After Sec 377 verdict, Odisha’s first transgender official now hopes to marry soon

dc-Cover-7v9qkpfq85n5ojvdto0u86vmg2-20180909194050.MediKENDRAPARA (ODISHA) Bolstered by the Supreme Court ruling that consensual gay sex is not a crime, Odisha’s first gazetted government officer from the transgender community plans to marry her livein partner and have a family of her own.

The Supreme Court judgment on September 6 struck down IPC 377 Section and has paved the way for dignified living for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community. The court should now stamp its seal of approval on same-sex marriage, inheritance of property in accordance with right to equality, said AishwaryaRutuparna Pradhan, whom the Odisha government has conferred transgender identity through a gazette notification on 2017.

“Now marriage is confined to male and female only. The court needs to empower citizens like us to legally marry the man whom we love, adore and respect. It’s a matter of time only. The apex court would be kind enough to confer these rights on us,’’ she said.

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