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Free hugs anyone: Italian couple spreads love to strangers in Australia

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Canberra: A young Italian couple traveling around Australia are surprising strangers across the country by offering impromptu hugs, a media report said on Monday.

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Erica Della Mura, 20, and partner Nicolo Marmiroli, 21, draw crowds by standing in busy areas wearing a blindfold and with their arms outstretched, ABC reported.

A cardboard sign and small coin collection tin alerts passers-by to what the gesture means.

“I trust you. Do you trust me? Hug me. The hugs are free but if you want help us travel this beautiful country. Thanks so much,” the sign reads.

Della Mura and Marmiroli have been travelling the country together for the past seven months on working visas.

A 30-minute hug session barely makes enough in terms of donations to cover lunch – but it is not about the money, they said.

“We like to do this because it’s really, really beautiful,” Della Murra said.

“A lot of people say ‘thanks’. A lot of people say ‘safe travels’. A lot of people say nothing.”

So far they have hugged strangers in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Byron Bay and Brisbane.

Over the weekend they took to Noosa on the Sunshine Coast.

(IANS)

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Huma Qureshi's friends call her 'kebab royalty'. (IANS)

Actress Huma Qureshi says love is not restricted to any gender, and believes it is an individual’s right to choose who they want to love.

“I’ve always believed in freedom of choice and that includes an individual’s right to choose who they want to love. I support the LGBT community because love is free and not restricted to any gender,” Huma Qureshi said in a statement to IANS.

“I’ve often spoken very strongly about civil liberties and equal rights.”

Huma also walked the ramp in support of the community at the recently concluded Lotus Make-up India Fashion Week (LMIFW) in Delhi. The fashion show brought together over 40 renowned designers including names like Manish Malhotra, Samant Chauhan and Gaurav Gupta to celebrate the power of genderless love and the Supreme Court’s decision to repeal Section 377, which criminalised homosexuality.

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Huma Qureshi (Wikimedia commons)

“This should be treated as a historic occasion where the entire fashion fraternity has come together to cherish love, humanity and equal rights in support of the LGBT community,” she said.

After doing some short films, Huma Qureshi, who hails from Delhi, came into the spotlight with Anurag Kashyap’s dark thriller “Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2” in 2012.

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