Hyderabad, May 25: They met in 2005, fell in love and finally got married in 2015. Ten long years, despite several ups and downs in their relationship, the young couple supported each other and finally received a legal acknowledgement in the society.
This is the love story of Smruthi Narayan and Shwetha Pai, a lesbian couple working at Google Hyderabad. The young couple recently moved to US where they got married.
Shwetha and Smruthi exchanged the vows at the City Hall in San Francisco. Both Smruthi and Shwetha are active campaigners for LGBT rights and organize and participate in several events in Hyderabad and Bangalore.
In an interview to a leading newspaper, the couple was quoted as saying, "We didn't know the existence of an LGBT community in India and didn't know whom to turn to when our families disowned us."
"But we were able to get help from two amazing souls in Bangalore who work on lesbian crisis intervention. They helped us deal with threats from family and be in hiding for a few months until things felt safe for us. It was the toughest and most traumatic experience of our lives," they added.
Smruthi and Shwetha broke the social taboos and got married. They impressed many people across the world. Their story may inspire many other couples to break all barriers as the couple said, "...social acknowledgement is a great feeling."
"Suddenly it seems like people's perspective of our relationship has changed; in the sense that now our relationship is not frivolous and there is more depth," the couple was quoted as saying.