NEW DELHI – Usually it has seen that when a girl grows older, her mother starts finding a suitable boy via matrimonial ads but this time an Indian mother placed a matrimonial advertisement for her son and what makes her different from others is that she isn’t looking for a bride, but a groom for her son.
Without any doubt, homosexuality is illegal in South Indian nation and it was the first advertisement for a partner in a same-sex marriage in India.
It was the mother of Harish Iyer, a well-known name in Mumbai’s LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community, with a flamboyance that often puts him in the spotlight, whether it is as an LGBT activist or as a director at the NGO, United Way of Mumbai.
The prospective groom, Harish told that the ad only made it into Mid-Day after being rejected by other newspapers, including the country’s leading English-language daily, The Times of India and DNA.
“Last week, she asked me a question any mom would ask her 36-year-old son: ‘Are you dating someone? Are you fond of someone?’ And when my answer was in the negative, my mom did what any Indian mother would do she decided to place an ad in a newspaper”, Harish said.
The advertisement created a lot of buzz on social media. Iyer said he has received six inquiries in response to the ad in which there are 2 Iyers, two Muslims and a couple of others.
According to Mid-Day editor Sachin Kalbag, his paper had no problem with the advert. We believe that human rights should be applicable to all, regardless of religion, caste, colour, sexual orientation, etc.
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