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Homosexuality in Pakistan: Gay couple arrested in Balochistan

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QUETTA: Police arrested a gay couple in Jaffarabad district of Balochistan on Monday after reports of their clandestine marriage, said to be the first in the province.

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A close friend of the couple and a the man who read their Nikkah was also taken into custody in the Gandawa locality of Dera Allahyar, a town on the border of Sindh and Balochistan.

‘We have arrested four people, including the couple, who are under investigation,” Station House Officer (SHO) Gandawa PS Zulfiqar Jamali told media.

Officials, on the contrary, added that the marriage was not ‘solemn’.

“The young men during the investigation have said it was not a serious marriage as they were just joking,” he maintained.

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Moreover, Jamali said that the man who was responsible of reading out the Nikkah was neither a religious cleric nor any sort of authorized person to do so.

On the other hand, in the light of a medical report, the couple had intercourse.

Cases against the four men are registered as gay marriage is illegal and a breach of law in Pakistan. The cases were registered under sections 377/34 that are about homosexuality offence.

Meanwhile, same sex marriage has been an issue in the west and some countries have passed laws allowing the same sex marriage. However, it’s rare in Pakistan, especially in such a conservative province, Balochistan, where such practices could be fatal following the strict norms and culture of the society and those who are found involved in such profanity may face public humiliation.

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