If you breathe under dictatorship rule, in a claustrophobic environment, well then pretty much anything is possible. Cruellest of cruellest things can happen with you. Ask Rani & her friend Malik.
“Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal,” says the country’s penal code, “shall be punished with imprisonment.”
Eighteen-year-old Rani says Iqbal, a 42-year-old fertilizer dealer, is a friend – not a lover.
“We were only celebrating my birthday,” Rani said.
But prosecutors say it was a marriage that was taking place. Police smashed their way in, broke up the party, arrested 43 dancing guests, Rani and Iqbal.
The officials however have a different (fabricated?) story to tell;
Peshawar police Chief Shoukat Ali disagrees. Officials say they have photographs and a wedding dress to prove it.
“Our investigation shows this man likes these people more than women,” Ali said. “He admitted it. This is a psychological disease when men are attracted to men and not attracted to women.”
In Pakistan, homosexuality is a taboo subject and gay marriage is almost unheard of. [Link]
I could go on and on about human rights violation, privacy & blah blah blah, but it all just seems so futile. All I can do is pray. Pray that these men don’t suffer much. And are able to breathe free one sunny morning.