Two women were
married in India last month after they fled their hometown
together to elope in another village, the BBC reported
Wednesday. The two women returned to Dandabadi to face
their disapproving neighbors with the help of each of
In India, where
same-sex unions are unheard of, a village elder told the
BBC that the women wanted to prove they could live without
the help of men and that they love each other, which
persuaded the village to "forgive them."
The women paid a
fine to their community in the form of a barrel of
country liquor, a pair of oxen, and a sack of rice for the
cost of the ceremony.
Wetka Polang, 30,
and Melka Nilsa, 22, both were in unhappy relationships
with men before meeting each other. Polang told the BBC that
she was in an abusive marriage with an alcoholic man,
while Nilsa was to have an arranged marriage with a
man she told her family was mentally "not normal."
The couple plans
to adopt a child together, possibly the son of Polang's
older brother. (The Advocate)