Sanjay (not pictured) wants to live with his partner in peace but has faced abuse
The man, known as Sanjay, from Kolkata, India, was trying to lead a normal life.
But he faced a barrage of abuse from his family who promised to harm him physically and emotionally for "disgracing" them with his relationship.
Sanjay, in his 20s, was attacked by thugs who were hired by his family to harm him.
He was also sent for therapy to “cure” him of his homosexuality.
And when a doctor refused to treat him, they forced him to undergo corrective rape therapy, in a bid to heal him, The India Times reports.
Konnija Roy from the Humsafar Trust, a Mumbai-based LGBT rights group, said: “Violence against the LGBTQ community is extremely common in India.
The man, known as Sanjay, from Kolkata, India, was trying to lead a normal life
“Section 377 of the Indian Penal code (which criminalizes “unnatural” sexual intercourse) and the fact that same sex behaviour is behaviour is criminalised in the country means that homosexuals cannot live freely.
“The story of this gay couple is just one of the examples of how the LBTQ community is treated in India."
Sanjay decided to fight back and got a court order against his parents. He refused to let them break up his relationship and is still living with his partner.
Protestors rage against Section 377 of the Indian Penal code which criminalizes gay sex
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He is, however, facing huge legal bills because of his legal fight.
He told Gay Star News: “[We] do not wish to play the victim card.
“The pain is real the hardships loom large the tears are red and at times you feel low enough to live or breath anymore because there doesn’t feel a point in doing so.
“Love kept us going strong and our mental strength added to the fuel of the we won’t-be-giving-up attitude. We are living together as for now with nothing but each other.”
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