Defying life threats, Pakistani girls are the first Muslim gay couple to get married in UK
London: Two Pakistani girls have made history as the first Muslim lesbian couple to get married in UK. Earlier this month, Rehana Kausar, 34, and Sobia Kamar, 29, took their vows at a registry office in Leeds.
After they tied the knot, the couple immediately applied for political asylum, claiming their lives would be in danger if they returned to their native country Pakistan. According to the relative of the couple in their native said that the women, who studied in Birmingham, had received death threats both in the UK and Pakistan.
During the wedding ceremony, the couple reportedly told the registrar the tale of their love story. They said that they had met three years ago while studying business and health care management at Birmingham, adding that they had been living together in South Yorkshire for about a year now.
A relative of one of the women said that the couple did not have an Islamic marriage ceremony, nikah, as they could not find an imam to conduct the ‘controversial’ ceremony.
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(With inputs from AFP)