Kerala: A temple in Kerala’s Palakkad district allegedly forbade a transgender couple from getting married there on Thursday.
Aadhaar cards both listed them as men
Nilan Krishna and Adwaika had planned to wed on Thursday morning, but the temple administration notified the couple on Wednesday that the marriage could not be solemnised at the shrine because their respective Aadhaar cards both listed them as men.
The couple’s friends ultimately decided to change the wedding location at the last minute, moving it to a nearby wedding hall where a priest was hired to perform rites.
The Malabar Devaswom Board-affiliated temple’s administrators refuted the accusations, claiming that they did not forbid the wedding but rather only requested that the couple seek clarity from the temple board and marriage registration wing.
They claimed that no such marriages took place at the temple and that they merely wanted clarifications.
Malabar Devaswom Board announced that it would look into the issue.
Members of the transgender community claimed that the temple rejected their request and then apologised following the scandal.
Transgender activist Rajini said, “They have every right to marry and live together. Despite many verdicts, society is yet to change. Everyone tries to talk about transgender community and their rights but the ground reality is different.”
In order to reduce discrimination and integrate transgender people into society, Kerala was the first state to introduce a transgender policy in 2015.