Readers only offer: Get additional Rs 200 off on 'The Better Home' powerful natural cleaners. Shop Now
X
India’s first LGBT matrimonial?

India’s first LGBT matrimonial?

Promotion
Ad Banner

Wanted: Groom for animal-loving son

11216491_10153366856456204_6201730628980433056_o

Social media has been abuzz with a matrimonial ad posted recently. Yes, a matrimonial. So what one might say? After all, these are a dime a dozen. However, this one is a tad bit different. This ad, posted by a concerned mother, advertises for a groom for her vegetarian, animal-loving son. This is possibly India’s first gay matrimonial ad.

The ad says:

“Seeking 25-40, Well Placed, Animal-Loving, Vegetarian GROOM for my SON (36, 5’11’’) who works with an NGO, Caste No Bar (Though IYER Preferred)..”

The son in this case is Harish Iyer, well-known LGBT activist. Iyer and his mother have, in the last couple of years, been on national TV during debates about Section 377 of the Indian Penal Act. According to The Guardian, three major dailies refused to run the advert on the grounds that it was illegal to do so. (While homosexuality was re-criminalised in the 2013 ruling, it remains to be seen if carrying an advert is illegal).

Social media of course has had a last say with several people applauding Iyer’s mother but commenting that the ad does have a caste angle. It says “Caste no bar (though Iyer preferred)”. The Guardian quotes Iyer as saying that he didn’t think his mother really meant that but it was more about finding someone from a similar background and language.

Let’s be friends :)
Sign in to get free benefits
  • Get positive news daily on email
  • Join our community of positive ambassadors
  • Become a part of the positive movement
X
Before you go...

We have a favor to ask.

Our teams put in a lot of effort to create the content you love at The Better India.

The Better Home is a range of safe and eco-friendly home cleaners by The Better India. We put out curated content on our Instagram account- green living hacks, green innovations, leading a no-tox life and heroes in the sustainability space.

It would help us if you can follow our Instagram handle and spread the word around.