India’s LGBTQ community battles same-sex marriage ‘heartbreak’ from court

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10/24/2023

New Delhi, India – In the summer of 2018, three bodies were recovered from the Sabarmati River in Ahmedabad, a sprawling city in western India’s Gujarat state. Two women – Asha Thakor, 30, and Bhavna Thakor, 28 – had died by suicide along with Asha’s three-year-old daughter. Before the two women jumped into the water, they left a message written in red lipstick on a wall along the riverfront. “We are leaving the world which will never allow us to be one,” the inscription said in Gujarati language. Both the women were married to men and had children. A police investigation later found they had met at a company where both of them worked. Their friendship soon turned into a relationship, causing frequent fights within their families.

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