A transgender couple celebrated their love in Bengal’s first ever trans wedding.
Tista Das, a transgender activist and actress, looked radiant in a traditional Bengali sari as she married her partner Dipan Chakraborty in a Hindu ceremony.
The couple tied the knot in Agarpara, Kolkata in front of friends, neighbours and family members, including Tista’s mother Subhra who said: “I am happy to see my daughter settle down with someone like Dipan.”
“We have been through a lot of hardship but parents should always support their children,” she told The Times of India.
Tista added: “I always believed love has no gender and Dipan and I have proved it.”
Indian trans couple met at legal clinic
The couple met while Tista was working at a trans legal clinic.
When Dipan visited as a client, the two struck a chord and soon began dating.
According to the Times, they became engaged in April 15, India’s National Trans Day of Visibility.
Dipan, who has only recently come out as trans, faced a rush to to obtain his new identity documents so that the wedding could take place.
Fortunately everything fell into place, and the ceremony was organised with the help of friends and neighbours.
Bengal trans wedding makes history
Pandit Biswajit Mukherjee, who performed the ceremony, called the wedding an “historical event.”
“I have never seen anything like this,” he told the Times.
“I am happy to be a part of it. In fact, I cancelled another appointment [to be there].”
Aparajita Bose, a member of the Human Rights Law Network Kolkata, said that the wedding will “have a huge impact” on the transgender community, which she says still “fears being rejected by society.”
“I wish Dipan and Tista a happy married life,” Bose said. “They are both wonderful human beings.”
Dipan added: “I am extremely lucky to have Tista as my wife. This is the best day of my life”
The right of trans women to be recognised as brides was affirmed by the Madras High Court in April 2019.