Would-be ‘gay couple’ remanded in police custody

Published: May 26, 2010
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Malik Iqbal (R), 50, and 19-year old Kashif (L), alias Rani are seen in a court on Tuesday. PHOTO: REUTERS

Malik Iqbal (R), 50, and 19-year old Kashif (L), alias Rani are seen in a court on Tuesday. PHOTO: REUTERS

PESHAWAR: A local court remanded a would-be “gay couple” into police custody on Tuesday.

The court also sent 43 other people, among them 16 eunuchs, on judicial remand to the central prison Peshawar. They were picked up from a “gay marriage ceremony”, according to police. The Faqirabad police produced 50-year old Malik Iqbal and his 19-year old would-be partner Kashif, alias Rani, in the court of Judicial Magistrate Syed Shaukatullah Jan.

Iqbal was accused of contracting ‘marriage’ with Kashif, 19, late on Monday. The police sought one day physical remand of the accused, which was granted by the court. Judge Shaukatullah directed police to present the accused along with a detailed investigation report on Wednesday. The counsel for Malik told the court that his client wasn’t contracting a marriage with Kashif and that he was picked up from a dance function where eunuchs were performing. According to the FIR, the Faqirabad police were tipped off about the “marriage ceremony” of Iqbal and Kashif, in the Malik Plaza neighbourhood of the city. Police raided the area and arrested the accused and 43 “wedding guests” from the party.

Kashif is a resident of the Shabqadar area of Charsadda district. Police also claim to have recovered two photos of the “gay couple”, a pair of ankle bells, a bridal dress and a Kalashnikov assault rifle. The FIR was registered under sections 377, 511, 294, 148 and 149 PPC, 3/4 Dance Act and 13 AO.

Published in the Express Tribune, May 26th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Sultan Ahmed
    May 26, 2010 - 3:31AM

    Islamic law must be implemented strictly,
    but documentary proof and evidence is must for set the law into motion.

    A mere photo,a pair of ankle bells,bridal dress is not a sufficient proof,
    as for as Kalashnikov is concerned there is different law section to deal with such crime.Recommend

  • George Tyson
    May 26, 2010 - 3:40AM

    This is not a “gay couple”. This is a transgender couple. Gay men are attracted to men who actually look like men.Recommend

  • Sultan Ahmed
    May 26, 2010 - 3:58AM

    50 years old, having two wife,going to marry with eunuchs
    medical examination is essential that whether he is able to have three sexual partner in a time,impossible.

    It was a birthday party not wedding one.
    All guest has been arrested they should be witnesses or eyewitnesses.

    Now it is legal duty of the prosecution bring eyewitnesses and documentary proof to prove the crime as alleged by the police.Recommend

  • Dr. S. Mirza
    Jul 10, 2010 - 5:43PM

    There should be no penalty for gender preference between two consenting adults. It’s genetic orientation where the respective individuals have no control over their pre-ordained, pre-programmed genetic bias. Recommend

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