Banda: In what comes as a bold step after the Supreme Court decriminalised gay sex,  two women on Friday “married” each other in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh’s Hamirpur district. However, the marriage was not registered, police officials told PTI.

“Two women living under Rath Police Station area of Hamirpur came to my office on Friday, and married each other by garlanding one another,” sub-registrar Ramkishor Pal said. “One of the women is 26 years old. The another is 21 year old, who is a mother. They came with an affidavit that their marriage be registered and that it should be socially recognised,” he said.

Dayashankar Tiwari, the lawyer for the 21-year-old, said his client is the daughter of a government school teacher, while the 26-year-old is the daughter of a labourer. Both married on their own wish, the lawyer said.

In September, The Supreme Court in a landmark judgement decriminalised homosexuality by declaring Section 377, the penal provision which criminalised gay sex, as “manifestly arbitrary”.

A five-judge Constitution bench, headed by then chief justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra and comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud, Rohinton Fali Nariman, A M Khanwilkar and Indu Malhotra, issued the verdict on a bunch of petitions filed to scrap the law.

The LGBTQ community and others welcomed the Supreme Court judgment decriminalising consensual gay sex, asserting that the “historic” verdict granted them a basic human right but also acknowledged that complete equality was still some distance away.