As reported RadioNZ, the Fijian Indian woman feared being physically abused if family and friends found out about the relationship.
«The appellant has not declared her relationship to her family in Fiji. She describes them as typical villagers and very religious.
«They have little knowledge of same-sex relationships which are not acceptable in Indian culture so they would be heavily critical and ashamed.
«She fears that their shame could be so extreme that they might even contemplate suicide.
«If she was in Fiji and the family knew of the true situation, she expects that they would treat her badly,» the immigration court said, before concluding: «the Tribunal has reviewed all of the available evidence and accepts that the relationship has been in existence for some years.»