The Kerala High Court on Tuesday came to the rescue of a same-sex couple by reuniting them after being forcibly separated by their parents and family members.
The High Court acted upon a habeas corpus petition moved by Adila Nazrin, 22, a native of Aluva in the Ernakulam district. She complained that her partner Fathima Noorah, 23, has been forcibly taken away by the latter’s family.
The proceeding was reportedly held in camera and no one other than the couple was allowed to be present in the court hall, Live Law reported.
When the case was taken up today, Fathima appeared in person and expressed her desire to go with Adila. The Court then allowed the same and passed an order to that effect.
The women have been in a relationship for over four years.
They came out to their respective parents a few weeks ago, but both the families objected to the relationship, Adila said. In a video message, Adila alleged that the family members were often verbally and physically abusive towards the couple, coercing them to end the relationship.
Following the physical and mental torture, the couple took refuge at Vanaja Collective, an NGO that works for the welfare of LGBTQ+ and other marginalised groups.