Marriage Between Two Girls in Pakistan Challenged in Court

Though same-sex relationships and marriages are internalized in the western culture, they are strictly prohibited in the eastern part of the world. In countries like Pakistan, the relationship and marriage between girls, or homosexuality, in general, are socially blasphemous.

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A complaint was filed in a higher court in Pakistan against the marriage between two girls, who were summoned to the court on July 15.

The complainant is Amjad Shah, a Rawalpindi resident and the father of one of the girls. According to him, his 20-year-old daughter, who was studying in a private school, developed “relations” with a female teacher.

What’s in the Complaint?

The complainant said that the teacher with whom her daughter had developed relations lived nearby their place. When the father came to know about the “illicit” relationship, he stopped his daughter from going to school. But the meetings never stopped.

The petitioner further said that the “other” girl impersonated herself as a boy by tempered with her identity card before they both eloped to get married. “Even the local court of Rawalpindi issued them the marriage certificate without bothering to look into the matter,” the father of the bride girl said.

The complaint also highlighted the fact that after knowing these homosexual relations, Shah had contacted the local police to take action. However, the police did not take it seriously.

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Though same-sex relationships and marriages are internalized in the western culture, they are strictly prohibited in the eastern part of the world. In countries like Pakistan, the relationship and marriage between girls, or homosexuality, in general, are socially blasphemous.

This petition filed to the Lahore High Court took the same plea that same-sex marriage is not allowed in Islam, the state religion of Pakistan. “Not only are they against religious teachings, but they’re also against the social norms,” the petition read.

The petition sought the revocation of the marriage certificate issued by the Lahore Additional Session Judge. In addition, the father also requested the higher court to take action against the teacher who tempered with the ID card to change her gender.

According to Shah’s lawyer, his client’s daughter told the father that her spouse had changed her gender. But the lawyer said that changing gender is not only a religious taboo but also impossible.

Constitution does not contain any law relating to change in sex

According to legal experts, there is no law in Pakistan relating to transgender people. Raja Amjad Mehmood Janjua, who is representing Amjad Shah, said that he prepared this case in the light of the expert advice collected from the eminent surgeons across the country.

The counsel said that the doctors believe that unless a person begins showing symptoms of the opposite sex, there can be no operation to change the sex.

According to Raja Amjad, it takes around two to three years to show symptoms for the opposite sex. During that period, at least four to five major operations take place that requires parental permission.

He further said that there had been many instances in the west, where women have transplanted male organs after surgeries. However, even the doctors in those countries have yet to give conclusive opinions about the operational viability of those organs.

About Abubakr Farrukh

Abubakr FarrukhMy focus is on politics, history, religion, and philosophy of life. I present news analysis and opinion on current affairs and occasionally produce satire articles

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