A landlord allegedly beat a gay couple in India because of their relationship, according to reports.
The couple – Swapan Biswas, 45, and Bikash Das, 34 – lived in a rented property in West Bengal. They lodged a complaint with Chakdah police station in the Nadia district, according to Hindustan Times.
The complaint states the owner of the property where they lived beat Das with a wooden plank on Sunday afternoon (18 November) while hurling abuse at them.
Das allegedly received a blow to the jaw and hand. The couple vacated the property the next day on 19 November.
Police told Hindustan Times that no one has been arrested.
There’s no mention of their sexuality in the complaint, but the couple explained they didn’t want to share details of their relationship for fear they wouldn’t be taken seriously.
Same-sex relationships only recently decriminalized
They told the paper: ‘After we were beaten up we were confused by the suddenness of the attack and thought that if we mentioned our relation in the complaint, the police may not take cognizance.’
However, the wife of the landlord denied the attack, saying: ‘They used to frequently consume alcohol and got into noisy altercations, disturbing the peace of the house.’
The couple’s relationship dates back to 2007. They moved into the rented property about 19 months ago.
However, once the landlord discovered their sexuality, the couple allege his family started to harass them: ‘We were constantly taunted. They used to call me a hijra [the name for India’s third gender] and targeted me with expletives.’
India decriminalized same-sex relations in September of this year, when their Supreme Court overturned Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.