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, FRONTLINE filmmakers Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellmann chronicle Kainat’s continuing fight for justice — and the awful price paid by her and her family for daring to speak out.
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It’s a lifetime commitment that allows the establishment of families that often replaces biological lineage.
But those who identify as transgender, like Choudary, don’t subscribe to the guru-chelah system. Even if they change their bodies they can’t change who they are. We are what Allah has made.” Such sentiment detracts from the idea that Pakistan has a liberal take on transgender rights.
A tribal council reportedly told the couple to leave the area or face death for "breaking religious and tribal values" (ibid.; BBC 5 Oct. In May 2007, a married couple was imprisoned after the Lahore high court decided that the husband, who had undergone sex-change surgery, was still a woman (BBC 28 June 2007; ibid. Information on the number of prosecutions against homosexuals in Pakistan and their outcomes could not be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate. 2006), it is a "taboo" subject that is not publicly discussed (BBC 28 June 2007; UN 21 Sept. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.
The couple had originally sought the court's protection against members of the bride's family who were harassing them (ibid.; see also BBC 28 June 2007); however, the court found the couple guilty of perjury, ruling that they had lied about the husband's gender and that their same-sex marriage was "un-Islamic" (BBC ; ibid. One month later, following an appeal to Pakistan's Supreme Court, the couple was released on bail (ibid.; IGLHRC 1 Aug. Information on the outcome of the appeal could not be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate. Nevertheless, in May 2005, two gay men were publicly lashed in Pakistan's north western Khyber region after they were caught having sex (BBC 5 Oct. Although homosexuality is thought to be "relatively" common in Pakistan (ibid.; New Internationalist 1 Mar. It is reportedly rare for homosexuals to be open about their sexuality (US 6 Mar. Nevertheless, several sources consulted by the Research Directorate indicate that homosexuality may, in general, be "silently accepted" in Pakistan (UN 21 Sept. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim for refugee protection.
She acknowledges that her experience, as a rising transgender celebrity in Pakistan, is not the norm. My boyfriend supports me and my mentors and friends support me,” says Kami, who wants transgender people in Pakistan to be more vocal. I am very public so people are always talking about Kami.” Choudary benefits from the privilege of familial support and being able to identify as she chooses.
A lot of the modern transgender women are wearing Daisy Duke shorts and tube tops. They are becoming more hip and modern," says Iqbal.
They are simultaneously celebrated as "gifted" by God and ridiculed for not conforming to the male/female gender roles that society prescribes.
Bindiya Rana is the grand matriarch of the third gender community in Karachi. She is a Khawaja Sira, so revered that she is a or apprentices.
Assaults on homosexuals are said to be "rare" (The Guardian 14 Mar. In the country's North West Frontier Province (NWFP), it is apparently well known that ethnic Pashtun men take young boys as lovers which, according to IRIN, is "a practice now deeply embedded in the local culture" (UN ). The Internet is reportedly contributing to a sense of growing "solidarity" amongst homosexuals in Pakistan (UN ; see also The Guardian 14 Mar. Online chat rooms are said to provide a "safe and anonymous forum for middle- and upper-class gay men" (The Guardian 14 Mar. According to a 5 October 2005 British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) article, "increasingly," same-sex couples are living together in Pakistan's larger cities, including Karachi and Islamabad.
The acceptance of Khawaja Sira people in Pakistan has been held up internationally as a symbol of tolerance, established long before Europe and America had even the slightest semblance of a transgender rights movement.