A Good Step Forward: Pakistan Clerics Declare Transgender Have Right To Get Married

The Logical Indian

June 28th, 2016 / 12:21 PM

Image Source: samaa

A step forward for liberal thought in a country where liberalism is known to be choked. Pakistan has at least had 50 clerics have issued a fatwa (religious decree) declaring that transgender people have the right to get married in Islam. They also have the right to be buried in Muslim funerals and also have the right to inheritance. The fatwa issued by a little-known Tanzeem Ittehad-i-Ummat — a clerical body in Lahore — stated that a transgender having “visible signs of being a male” may marry a woman or a transgender with “visible signs of being a female” and vice versa. However, it ruled that a transgender person carrying “visible signs of both genders” – or intersex – may not marry anyone.

The fatwa also included that any act intended to humiliate, insult or tease the community is “haraam”or sinful. It said the parents who deprived their transgender sons or daughters of inheritances were “inviting the wrath of God”. The clerics called the government to look into the matter.


The present law

Pakistan has some strict laws reserved for the transgenders in the country. Though in 2012, the Pakistani Supreme Court declared equal rights for transgenders citizens, including right to property and assets and right to vote; It is currently impossible for transgenders to marry in Pakistan, where gay marriage remains punishable by life imprisonment. The new fatwa has been welcomed by the Pakistani transgender community. Though the fatwa given by Tanzeem Ittehad-i-Ummat is not legally binding, they have massive influence over a large section of followers across the country. This decision has the potential to change the mindset of people towards the transgender community.


The Logical Indian welcomes the change in approach towards the transgender community. We hope sooner than later, this could become a legally binding law for all citizens of Pakistan.


Contributors

Edited by :

Share your thoughts..

Related Stories

Witness Protection Scheme

Step In Right Direction: Supreme Court Approves Witness Protection Scheme, 2018

Fake WhatsApp Forward Claims Another Victim; Transgender Thrashed To Death In Hyderabad

Earning-Girls Have The Right To Get Father’s Financial Support For Marriage, Rules Kerala HC

A Step Towards Acceptance: 5 Acid Attack Survivors And A Transgender Get Jobs In Delhi High Court

Farmer's Daughter's Suicide

“Dear Father…I Am Committing Suicide So That You Don’t Have To, To Get Me Married”

One Of India’s Most Vocal Transgender Rights Activist, Akkai, Gets Married To Friend Of 8 Years

Latest on The Logical Indian

News

Meet The School Kids From Kerala Who Have Developed Smart Helmet That Can Prevent Drunk Riding

News

Kerala: State Govt Asks Bankers Not To Attach Property In Flood-Hit Areas

News

Depression Takes Another Life: Bengaluru Techie Commits Suicide After Jumping From Office’s 13th Floor

Get Inspired

Cantonment Board Of Ambala Brings To Life A British Era Defunct Lake

News

Over 41 Martyred & Many Injured In Deadliest Attack In 20 Years: All You Need To Know

News

Attaching Impurity To A Woman During Menstrual Period Is An Abrasion: Kerala Govt To SC

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.