After learning that one of their employees was involved in a "lesbian wedding" that was covered by the Bengaluru media, an e-commerce company Zefo fired the employee on Thursday, as reported by The News Minute. The former Zefo employee was in a relationship with another woman and had moved to Bengaluru sometime in May.
Aged 21 and 25, the two women had moved in after the younger woman faced violence in her home.
The younger woman told Bangalore Mirror: "The company (gozefo.com) people called me in the morning and asked me if I want to continue in the job or not. They asked me to talk to my parents and get back. I told them I'll talk to my lawyers and get back. When I called them back at 5.30 pm, they said HR had decided that you leave the company since they know that it's me who is making rounds in the media from morning. This is totally unfair."
The newspaper reported that the company sacked the employee after a TV channel revealed that she was a lesbian. The TV channel published pictures from their Facebook page. The elder woman told Bangalore Mirror that she called up the TV channel, asking them why they had published their images. She stated,"They told me that Bangalore Mirror had published the story and there was nothing wrong in them doing the same."
The firing comes after a story by the Bangalore Mirror that reported the first lesbian wedding to take place in India. As per the report, the parents of the younger woman had filed a complaint with the police. The police then offered “counselling” to the couple and hoped to “make them realise” the negative fallout of their decision.
India Today says that the police are confused about to how to handle the case since the women are adults.
The couple sought help of an NGO to fight their case. They approached the NGO to let their family and police know that they are happy together and have taken a decision as adults, as per India Today.
The Times of India reported that the women are distant relatives. The younger woman is studying B.Com in a private college in Bengaluru, while the elder one works in a call centre.
The report further stated that the two women decided to run away from their homes since their parents would never accept their relationship.
Updated Date: Jul 06, 2017 20:43 PM