New Delhi: We have seen it in movies and sometimes, even in real life. A scenario where a homosexual individual gives in to the society's demands and enters into a marriage of convenience with a partner of the opposite gender. 

Such coercion leads to two unhappily people and it seems that this unhealthy arrangement may soon have a respite. A survey by extramarital app Gleeden brought into light an upsurge in people opting for ‘Homosexual’ as their preference in their profiles on Gleeden. The survey witnessed more than 45% increase in same-sex encounters during the past 6 months, meaning that after the abolition of section 377 by the Supreme Court of India, people feel freer to express their sexual preference and to pursue homosexual or bisexual encounters outside the wedlock.  

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While the judgement decriminalising homosexuality is commendable, the one about adultery is notable too. About 68% of the respondents consented to the thought that supreme court’s judgment of scrapping section 497 (related to adultery) and section 377 (homosexuality) will liberate people from their marriage burden and help in having love affair out of the wedlock. Out of the affirmers, 33% were women.

There has been more than 45% increase in same-sex encounters through Gleeden app among married subscribers during the past 6 months, but the overall percentage of married subscribers opting for ‘Homosexual’ as their sexual preference (3%) remains lower when compared to the subscribers in the global community (12%).

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The Gleeden website describes themselves as a ‘platform to safely get in touch with cheaters worldwide.’  Solene Paillet, Head of Communication Management for the app told us, “Our platform and our service raise questions that extramarital or open relationships are still a taboo in our society. Of course, there is a moralistic opposition to our app. But today, Gleeden has nearly 4.5 million members worldwide. Our service responds to real demand. That’s why usually we do not respond to the negative feedback. We focus on our members’ feedback instead.”