Mrunal Manmay Dash

Ace sprinter, Dutee Chand has expressed her desire to be the father, and her partner Monalisha Das will be the mother in the case of childbirth after marriage.

She said this in an interview with a magazine that featured her on its cover page.

“I feel happy to have been featured on the cover page of India Today magazine. The photo that was featured on the cover page is close to my heart as it shows me applying 'sindoor' on my partner’s forehead. It showcases our relationship and makes a bold statement,” she said while speaking to OTV.

“The magazine asked me what will be my role if we give birth to a baby. To which I replied that I will be the father and my partner will be the mother,” she said.

Speaking about her decision on same-sex marriage and the social stigma, Chand said, “Initially, I had to face a lot of criticisms from all quarters. Nobody believed me. Even my family did not support me. But later, after a lot of deliberations, I managed to make my family understand my decision.”

Asked about the legalities and the repercussions of same-sex marriage, Chand said, “Same-sex marriage has already been legalized in many countries. But India is yet to approve such a marriage. I hope the day will come soon when same-sex marriage will not be considered illegal in India. Because this is a democratic country and everybody has a right to lead their life as per their wish.”

“I am currently focusing on my career and after that, I will tie the knot with my partner,” she added.

The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its verdict on a batch of pleas seeking legal validation for same-sex marriage after a marathon hearing of 10 days.

A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud observed it cannot give a declaration on the anticipation as to how Parliament is likely to respond to it.

Earlier, the bench had made it clear that it will not go into personal laws governing marriages while deciding the pleas seeking legal validation for same-sex marriages and said the very notion of a man and a woman, as referred to in the Special Marriage Act, is not "an absolute based on genitals."

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