After three leading daily newspapers turned her down, Padma Iyer placed an advertisement for her rights activist gay son Harish in the matrimonial pages of the Mid-Day newspaper the largest selling tabloid in Mumbai.
Harish, 36, said like most mothers, his was concerned about finding him a partner and planning a wedding, as she thinks he needs to settle down.
Harish has received six responses to the advert, which he said was the first of its kind published in India’s matrimonial pages.
In 2013 the Supreme Court restored a colonial-era ban on homosexuality, a decision that stunned rights campaigners and the gay and lesbian community. Although prosecutions for same-sex activity have been rare, the gay community says it faces significant discrimination as well as harassment from the police in India.