Pakistan – Transexual Couple Seek Justice
Posted by bosskitty on June 29, 2007
Doctors say Raj is still a woman, despite sex change operations
Pakistan’s Supreme Court has ordered that a couple jailed for perjury in a row over the husband’s sex should be released on bail, their lawyers say. The couple say they are man and wife, but the Lahore high court ruled last month that the husband was, in fact, a woman, despite sex-change surgery.
Shumail Raj, 31, had sex-change surgery to become a man and then married Shahzina Tariq, 24, a cousin.
The judgement of the high court has been suspended and the Supreme Court has ordered their release
Lawyer Babar Awan
She was aware of his condition but says she needed his help to avoid being forced into wedlock with someone else.
The couple originally sought the protection of the courts but were arrested last month after the bride’s family questioned whether Raj was a man.
Judges in Lahore jailed the couple for three years and fined them 10,000 Pakistani rupees ($165).
They found that the couple had lied about Raj’s sexual status and said their marriage was un-Islamic because it was same-sex.
Ms Tariq’s family wants to annul the wedding on the grounds that it is against Islam for two women to marry.
But the couple argue that they married to protect the bride from being sold into marriage to pay off her uncle’s gambling debts.
Ms Tariq says they are not homosexuals and they married because they are in love.
Shumail Raj (left) and Shahzina Tariq appealed to the president
It takes more balls to be gay or transexual in any Islamic country than it does to pack a car full of bombs and run to the market …
Watch closely how Musharraf handles this appeal.