Rehana Kausar, 34, and Sobia Kamar, 29 are two Pakistani females residing in the UK. A few weeks ago they probably made history as the first Muslim lesbian couple to marry in a civil ceremony in Britain.
They took vows at Leeds registry office and applied for political asylum rightfully fearing death threats both in the UK and Pakistan, where homosexual relations are illegal.
They reportedly met three years ago while studying in Birmingham and have been living together for about a year.
They say, the environment in their country Pakistan used to be tolerant and respected personal freedoms but has been hijacked by clergy.
Homosexuality is strictly forbidden in the Islamic faith and the notion of same-sex marriage is abhorrent to many Muslims.
The Home Office said it was unable to confirm any details about their political asylum request.
Their case resonates that of Gloria and Jacquelyn a Pakistani same sex couple in the US who’s case came out in public when one of them was threatened with deportation.
Senator John Kerry took up their case at that time and wrote to the Department of Homeland Security requesting the couple's petition be put on hold until the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was repealed as there was threat to their lives back home.
'She is certain that if she is forced to return to Pakistan, her life will be in danger, not only because of her sexual orientation and her marriage to a United States citizen, but for religious reasons as well.'
Same sex marriages, even relationships at that, are frowned upon in all Muslim countries. Pakistan is no different. Even though in many tribal areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan sexual relationships between men and young boys are not unknown but as long as they are kept under wraps, not much is made of them. Gays in these societies mostly end up marrying unsuspecting women. Their plight is either hushed down or is not even known.