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Kerala High Court Stands With Nassrin And Noora

On May 19, they decided to move out and live together. However, when their families discovered their relationship and plans to cohabit, the 2 began to receive threats, as a result of which they fled to Kozhikode and sought support from Vanaja Collective.

Adhila Nassrin (22) and Fathima Noora (23) are a lesbian couple from Malappuram, Kerala. According to reports, Noora’s family members assaulted the 2 of them and abducted Noora to commit her into a conversion therapy program.

It is worth noting that in February this year, the National Medical Commision had told the Madras High Court that any doctor in the country found engaged in conversion therapy will be liable to be prosecuted for professional misconduct under the Indian Medical Council, Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics Regulation, 2002.

The 2 had met in High School while in Saudi Arabia and had continued to be in a relationship after graduation, upon which they moved to Kerala to attend college. At present, both of them have jobs in Chennai and are financially independent. 

On May 19, they decided to move out and live together. However, when their families discovered their relationship and plans to cohabit, the 2 began to receive threats, as a result of which they fled to Kozhikode and sought support from Vanaja Collective.

The Collective housed them in a shelter home until the matter could be resolved. However, Noora was allegedly taken back by her family by force on May 23, and denied contact with her partner. Furthermore, Noora’s mother filed a complaint with the Thamarssery police station accusing Nassrin of abducting her daughter. 

However, this was turned down by the police as the 2 were majors in a consensual relationship. Nassrin too was taken back home by her family and faced harassment at their hands, which was then reported to the Binaipuram Police by Vanaja Collective, when she was found at her home

When Noora went missing, Nassrin released a video via social media, identifying herself as a lesbian and referring to Noora as her partner. She also filed a habeas corpus plea with the High Court of Kerala. 

In response to this petition, the Court has said that they should live together.

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Tejaswi is journalist and researcher whose attention is captured by post-colonial human relationships at a time of the Internet of Things. She can't wait to become a full-time potter soon, though!

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