[First appeared on Monday, February 20, 2006]
If anything can be truly grotesque, then this must be it. It all started when one Abhijit Lahiri applied for advance bail at the High Court that came up for hearing recently. His crime was simple enough, he had 2 years back ‘lived together’ with his wife who was at that time only ‘a year old’, therefore a minor in the eyes of law.
Must be a joke you’d say. Not really. What actually happened was that the woman in question was a man for all of 37 years before he (or is it ‘she’) underwent change of sex. After being a woman for just a year, she married Abhijit. Things started turning sour soon, and fearing worse, Abhijit scurried for advance bail.
But bail was not to be. Hon’ble Judge, unable to ignore public prosecutor’s plea that Abhijit committed a crime on a minor, rejected his bail application, though the reason for doing so hasn’t been clarified.
Matter for grey cells? You bet.