Recently, a matrimonial advertisement created buzz in the country. The ad is being called India’s first gay matrimonial ad and it was placed by Harrish Iyer’s mother, Padma Iyer, in Mumbai’s Mid-Day newspaper on Tuesday, reports BBC.
Harrish Iyer, a prominent LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) activist, told that his mother, like “any other in the world”, was worried about his wedding prospects and decided to place a newspaper advert.
Before getting it published in Mid-Day, Mr Iyer’s mother approached three prominent newspapers – they all turned it down saying publishing it could invite legal trouble.
In 2009, the Delhi high court in a landmark ruling decriminalised homosexual acts, but in December 2013, the Supreme Court reversed the order.
The ad has evoked mixed reactions on Twitter and among the gay community. Activists who support him say “it’s Mr Iyer’s right to place an ad in newspapers”.
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) May 20, 2015
— Stan Sthanunathan (@ssthanunathan) May 20, 2015
But there are others who have criticised the ad for being caste biased.
The casteist gay-groom ad is a hard lesson for civil rights activists http://t.co/kSYvWhNyp9 Defense by Harish Iyer is full of idiocy.
— Richard Kamei (@Ridchard) May 20, 2015
It’s great that a mother put out an ad for a groom for her son, yet I wonder at the conditioning made Iyer a pref https://t.co/JEueB5O1OJ
— Ramya Kannan (@ramyakannan) May 20, 2015
Mr Iyer denied the charge and said:
“Like most people my mother thought that a person from familiar surroundings would be better. But look at the ad, it says ‘caste no bar’. Our family is multicultural. My mother’s sister is married to a Muslim.”