Clerics in Pakistan in a revolutionary step has issued a fatwa (religious decree) in which transgender marriage will be lawful in Pakistan, a media report said on Monday.
The fatwa, released by At least 50 clerics affiliated with Tanzeem Ittehad-i-Ummat, said a transgender person having “visible signs of being a male” may marry a woman or a transgender with “visible signs of being a female” and vice versa, Dawn online reported.
However the fatwa also added that a transgender person having “visible signs of both genders” may not marry anyone. It also called that edging out transgender people of their share in inheritance as unlawful and that parents who deprive their transgender sons/daughters of inheritance were “inviting the wrath of God”.
The clerics asked the government to take action against such parents.
The decree also concerned upon societal attitudes towards transgenders. It went to the extent of terming ‘haraam’ any act intended to “humiliate, insult or tease” them.
The fatwa ended with a word on last rites, declaring that all funeral rituals for a transgender person will be the same as for any other Muslim man or woman.