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Pakistan lesbian couple tie knot amidst threats

Two former students from Pakistan are believed to have become the first Muslim lesbian couple to tie the knot in a civil ceremony in the UK.

world Updated: May 28, 2013 01:11 IST

Two former students from Pakistan are believed to have become the first Muslim lesbian couple to tie the knot in a civil ceremony in the UK.

According to reports, following their marriage at the registry office in Leeds earlier this month, Rehana Kausar, 34, and Sobia Kamar, 29, immediately applied for political asylum, the Independent reported.

Couple's relatives said that the women, who studied in Birmingham, have received threats of death both in the UK and from their opponents in Pakistan, where these kinds of relationships are considered illegal.

During the ceremony, the couple reportedly told the registrar that they met three years ago while studying business and health care management at Birmingham and were living together in South Yorkshire for about a year.

British newspapers that wrote about the marriage said homosexual sex is illegal under Pakistani law, as homosexuality is strictly forbidden in Islam.