Fifty of the top Islamic clerics in Pakistan have issued a religious decree that gives transgender people the right to marry, and receive family inheritance and funeral rights, as long as individuals display "visible signs" that they belong to the gender they claim.
"It is permissible for a transgender person with male indications on his body to marry a transgender person with female indications on her body," said the religious document issued on Sunday, as reported by Reuters.
"Also, normal men and women can also marry such transgender people as have clear indications on their body." more >>
Police barged into the United Christian Church in Lahore, Pakistan last Sunday, and brutally attacked the lead pastor in response to a complaint about alleged noise levels from the church's sound system.
Head Constable Amir Abdullah entered the Fazila colony church on Sunday morning and started verbally abusing the worshipers, demanding they halt the service, according to Pakistan Christian Post. Abdullah said that he had received a call from Shabir Shah, a Muslim man who complained that the church was misusing the loud speaker.
When lead pastor Riaz Rehmat asked Abdullah not to disturb them, the head Constable reportedly went up to the podium and began manhandling and beating him violently. The congregation became very upset and Christians later staged a protest on Ferozepur Road and blocked traffic. more >>
A Pakistani Christian man beat his sister to death by smashing her head with a wooden log while she was asleep Sunday morning because he disapproved of the man that she was going to marry.
Anum Ishaq Masih, a teenage Christian girl from the town of Sialkot near Lahore, was killed by her brother, Saqib Ishaq Masih, in the early hours Sunday, Agence France Press reports.
Rana Zulfiqar, a police officer at the Sialkot police station, told AFP that Masih "smashed his sister's head with a wooden log" while she was asleep. The officer explained that the crime occurred after the sister told her brother the day before that she was going to go ahead and marry their Christian neighbor, which enraged the brother. more >>
A Christian persecution watchdog group has created a new matrimonial dating website that seeks to change the dynamic of arranged marriages and allow Christian refugees in the Asian subcontinent to find a "romantic pathway" to escape persecution.
In response to numerous inquiries from Pakistani Christians seeking help to find their sons and daughters the perfect suitors for marriage in the West who will preserve families' Christian culture, the British Pakistani Christian Association has launched a new dating website that offers a certain level of protection by allowing parents to investigate the backgrounds of potential suitors listed on the website.
As the No. 1 style of marriage among Christians in Pakistan and Pakistani Christians in Western nations is arranged marriage, Shaadi4Christians.com, which went live in late May, aims to give sons and daughters more insight into who their parents are trying to match them up with. more >>
Muslim villagers in a Pakistani community are helping to build a church for their Christian neighbors, seeking to show peace and solidarity in a country deeply troubled by religious persecution of minorities.
"After local riots we are trying to bring people together even more," villager Ijaz Farooq told BBC News in an interview posted on Monday, referring to 2009 riots in the nearby city of Gojra against Christian homes, which left 10 people dead.
"We have increased our activity so we don't have to face something like that. By building this church we want to show that we are united as a community," he added. more >>
A mother in Lahore, Pakistan, has reportedly burned to death her own teenage daughter for marrying without the family consent.
BBC News reported that the body of 18-year-old Zeenat Rafiq has already been buried in Lahore, while investigation into the case continues. The teenager's mother is in custody after confessing to the crime, the third such case in the space of a month in Pakistan.
Rafiq had married Hassan Khan, a man her family had forbid her from choosing, and had gone to live with his family. more >>