In a country, which does not open-handedly accept gay/lesbian relationships, mother of a gay activist had recently shocked many with her matrimonial advertisement for her son. Now, surprisingly, Harish Iyer has recieved more than 70 proposals from all over the world for what is believed to be the first gay matrimonial in India.
"Between Wednesday and Thursday, when it was circulated widely on social media and picked up by the media, I received 73 proposals in my email," said Padma, Harish's mother, according to Hindustan Times.
The matrimonial ad published in Mumbai's Mid-Day newspaper on Tuesday, which is said to be first of its kind in India, became a hot topic after it went viral on social media.
"Seeking 25-40, Well Placed, Animal-Loving Vegetarian GROOM for my SON (36 5'11") who works with an NGO. Caste No Bar (Though IYER preferred)," reads the ad.
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Latest reports suggest that Harish received many proposals from the Iyer community as well as from Muslims, Gujaratis and even from the UK, Saudi Arabia, Australia and the US, among others.
At the same time, the ad has also been criticised by many, who have sent hate mails to Harish's mother for accepting her son's sexual orientation.
"My mother got over 300 hate mails, with many criticising her for not letting caste biases go, despite being progressive," added Harish.