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27 Jun 2007

pakistan's transsexual marriage case to resume in court

A Pakistani high court has sent a couple consisting of a transgendered man and a woman to jail as same-sex marriage is prohibited in the country.

Married about eight months ago, Shumail Raj, 31, and Shehzina Tariq, 24, are now known throughout Pakistan and the world.

Shumail Raj, 31, and his wife Shehzina Tariq, 24 (right)
Widely reported by the press as Pakistan's first same-sex marriage despite the couple's assertion that they are not lesbians, the pair was sentenced on May 28 to three years rigorous imprisonment in different jails and a fine of Rs 10,000 (US$200) for entering into a same-sex marriage despite one of the parties being a female to make transsexual.

The Lahore High Court (LHC) ordered a medical examination of Raj when Tariq's parents filed a complaint alleging that Raj was female. A five-member medical board conducted the medical examination and found that Raj was born female but had two operations to remove her breasts and uterus 16 years ago.

According to Pakistan's Daily Times, official sources of the Health Department said that while an initial report was submitted to the court the final report would be made after the two chromosomes tests were conducted, which had been pending in a hospital's laboratory.

Sources said that till then, it would be unjust to tag the couple as transsexual, adding that the board would look into whether this was a natal or an acquired disorder that may have occurred because of issues like parents' negligence or lack of education.

The news report also said that the the board, which believes that the case should be dealt with rationally, is also set to examine the pair focusing on transsexuality, homosexuality and transvestism.

Tariq, talking to the media after court said, "we married because we are in love but we're not homosexuals. Ours was a love marriage."

The case has made waves by raising issues of homosexuality and transsexuality that are rarely discussed in the conservative Muslim country.

Court proceedings will resume on July 6.


Reader's Comments

1. 2007-06-28 20:01  
Why you always when there is a problem in a Muslim country you make it very clear that its (controversial Muslim country) and if the issue was discussed in US or Singapore or even China, there would be no mentioning that there cultures would not accept it as if the issue only treated with clear biasty in the Muslim countries and still the other countries (non Muslim) still subdues our rights as gays as well!!

You need to address issues with out any bias please, and stop using any religious or racial remarks, cause ALL the countries are treating us badly what ever their race or religion.

2. 2007-06-29 00:46  

I realised you're frustrated.
But then how would you have reported it?
Maybe you can write one or two paragraph of how you'd do your take on it.

Not a challenge, just trying to see it from your perspective.

3. 2007-06-29 01:23  
aiyo, master_gab... don't get too sensitive and jump to conclusions... how often do you get same-sex marriages being reported in Pakistan? Fridae has featured gay issues being faced in non-muslims countries as well. Just look back through the archives.

i've read the entire report twice and found that the only reference to religion was made in the second last paragraph. However, there is nothing bias with that reference.
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5. 2007-06-29 11:11  
Everyone have its own opinion so heres mine! I'm not being bias or not a muslim and or ever been to pakistan but...

To Master_GAB: dont be too frustrated as i know how frustrated you are if ur muslim n ur race n religion have been humiliated. The issues is not resolve yet so keep ur frustrated...

To DukeNukem & navasak: I know u have ur own individual opinion but Just put urself in the position of being a muslim!?!! or what if ur own race and religion being humiliate!?!! Think and look into it! I believe u all will also be frustrated right!?!!

In this world either ur a muslim or chinese or indian or caucasian; its ok for every individual to choose its own path of life... Gay is also a human being and we hv our own goals in life...
6. 2007-06-29 12:59  
mr cinderella, i got your point. I was just speaking from point of how the article was being laid out. the issue is not about race or religion. it's about what is legal and what is not in a certain country. according to the article, there was nothing insulting being written about any religion. it was just a report about these couple's problem being faced in pakistan. So that's where I was confuse by the reaction given my master_gab. This is not about the humiliation of one's race or religion. Just trying to put things into perspective being everything is blown out of proportion.
I do appreciate everyone's point of view being expressed here.

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