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An Indian transgender couple who both underwent sex re-assignment have tied the knot in a traditional Bengali ceremony, in what is believed to be the states first rainbow wedding.
Surrounded by family and friends, the bride, Tista Das, 38, and groom, Dipan Chakravarthy, 40, took part in rituals in Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal state.
We are feeling awesome actually. We are out of the gender box and we love to be an exception and we think this is a strong bond between us, Tista Das said.
Its a bond of love. Its a bond of liberty also, she said. And this is the solidarity of our souls.
Das said she battled for a long time to achieve her identity as a woman, as a human being, adding: I was not even considered as a human being in this brutal society.
A transgender friend of the couple, Anurag Maitrayee, said the ceremony was a beautiful, emotional union of two hearts and two souls.
Despite all the oddities and all the atrocities, I have seen how Tista and her journey from a man into a woman and her relation, emotion, love with a person with a soul whose journey is from a woman to a man, Maitrayee said.