‘Gay couple’ granted bail

Published: June 4, 2010

local court granted bail to a transvestite, Rani, and a local, Malik Iqbal, arrested because they were allegedly about to marry.

PESHAWAR: A local court on Thursday granted bail to a transvestite, Rani, and a local, Malik Iqbal, arrested because they were allegedly about to marry.

Police had arrested the couple on May 24 and they had been in police custody since. On Thursday, the court of additional sessions judge Tahir Mahmood granted the pair bail on two sureties bonds worth Rs 100,000 each.

Police had earlier arrested 45 people including 16 transvestites from the alleged wedding party from Dalazak Road.

The 43 people attending the event were set free later by the court, while Rani and Iqbal were sent to central prison on judicial remand. After the bail was granted, Almas Bobby, President of Shemale Rights of Pakistan, along with 30 transvestites staged a demonstration in favour of the judiciary and strongly condemned the police for harassing transvestites.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Shiraz Hassan
    Jun 4, 2010 - 12:14PM

    transvestites and hom0-sexuals should have equal rights n respect in the counrty!! Recommend

  • Fowad Khan
    Jun 4, 2010 - 6:24PM
  • Ali
    Jun 4, 2010 - 6:32PM

    Should not have equal rights this is just not “cool”. Now you make it legal, by allowing it I hope later you won’t ask for to be made mandatory to live in the country.Recommend

  • Lexxvs
    Jun 5, 2010 - 3:14AM

    Basics and fundamental humans right for everybody, no boundaries there. For a better and more peaceful world and for the good of humanity as a whole. Recommend

  • SD
    Jun 5, 2010 - 6:05PM

    Dear Shiraz,

    Been watching too much western tv lately? Homosexuality is forbidden in our religion and society and thus there exists no room in our laws for homos. As far as transgenders are concerned, they have rights in this country but marrying a man for them does turn into it homosexuality, which I just mentioned is outlawed.

    However if you feel that you and others like you are having their rights snatched away due to our “stone-age” thinking, may I suggest immigration to Holland? Recommend

  • Aamir Khan
    Aug 3, 2010 - 11:04PM

    If rani is actually a transexual and have gone a sex change surgery , then (S)he is actually SHE. and have rights to marry a man. However if she doesn,t have a vagina then this is not a heterosexual marriage. Iran , Iraq , and few other islamic countries have already given rights to such people who under go sex change surgery (only if they have issues with their gender) can marry heterosexually. So whats the big deal in such marriage, at least its about commitment between two people. Pakistan needs to come to a conclusion, this is not the way of dealing with such cases that you start sending every one to jail. Recommend

  • IZ
    Oct 15, 2010 - 2:18PM

    Leave these two alone. Instead of harassing transgendered people, why don’t the police go and arrest real criminals. We hear about rapes, murders and robberies happening everyday. Why don’t the police try to do something about that?Recommend

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