The wait is over for Jaya, who is set to begin a new life with Raju. What makes their union remarkable is that Jaya is a transgender and it will be the first such marriage in North Bengal after the Supreme Court verdict on IPC Section 377.
Jaya and Raju, who have been in a relationship for six years, placed their application before the marriage registrar on Tuesday and expect to get their certificate within a month. .
However, the journey was never easy for Jaya, who was born ‘Joy’ into a farmer’s family in South Dinajpur’s Belbari village. The fourth of five children, his feminine tastes and habits often invited jibes from elders. His parents finally sent him to a relative’s home at Chhapra, Bihar. There, Joy found a number of children with similar traits and decided to change his sex.
On July 14 last year, Joy went under the knife and became Jaya. She then met Raju Saini, a Chhapra youth who worked in Delhi. They fell in love and decided to marry. The couple approached Buniadpur sub-division court in June for registration of their marriage. “But the registrar did not process our application despite us furnishing all documents and fees,” Jaya said. They then approached the Human Rights Law Network, Kolkata, which asked advocate Manika Barman to look into the matter.
On Tuesday, Barman and another lawyer, Sujay Chakraborty, helped Jaya and Raju apply again. “They will get the marriage certificate within a month,” Barman said.
For Jaya, it was a dream come true. “It will be a perfect Diwali for us,” she said.
Source: Times of India