In what is being reported as India's first gay marriage, 40-year-old Hrishi Sathawane, an NRI techie, and his Vietnamese partner Vinh "tied the knot" in a traditional Maharashtrian Vedic wedding in Yavatmal.
California-based Hrishi, an IIT-Bombay graduate, met Vinh through an online dating website.
After meeting in Oct'16, Hrishi and Vinh got engaged in April last year. The California-based couple came to Yavatmal and booked a hotel for the wedding, which was attended by around 70-80 people. Also, ten gay couples were present at the ceremony.
Hrishi also admitted that his parents were against his decision; they opposed him when he was planning a wedding in Yavatmal. He, however, added, "But I succeeded in convincing them...to bless me as I joined my gay fiancé Vinh in wedlock."
Gay marriages illegal in India; ASP orders investigation
Meanwhile, as the news about Hrishi's marriage spread and the couple's photo started making the rounds on various social networking platforms, the Yavatmal Additional Superintendent of Police, Amarsingh Jadhav, reportedly ordered an investigation into the matter.
He asked the cops to submit a report soon. Gay marriage is illegal in India as the SC is still re-examining whether homosexuality should be a crime.