Despite Pakistan’s ‘third gender’ recognition, discrimination is widespread

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"Tania" and Ferdose Khan live as partners in Lahore's khawaja sara community. Khan said her former partner was killed and the crime was not investigated. Religion News Service photo by Shahbaz Sindhu

"Tania" and Ferdose Khan live as partners in Lahore's khawaja sara community. Khan said her former partner was killed and the crime was not investigated. Religion News Service photo by Shahbaz Sindhu

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LAHORE, Pakistan (RNS) Pakistan added a "third gender" option to national identity cards in 2009, but official recognition has not stopped discrimination against "khawaja saras," those who choose not to be identified as either male or female.

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  • Islam registers women as secondary to men, not different from most beliefs and practice in the rest of the world. The perception, promotion and acceptance of women as equal to men is a recent phenomena in the American, European and Western worlds. Not in much of the rest of the world. Today most women behave superior and dictatorial towards men in the West. Any angry male response and reaction to a female is labeled feminist discrimination and retaliation. Women are usually the boss of men. They control men with confidence and pride.

  • Usman Khan

    Contrary to contemporary views its not Islam that promotes this discrimination against women. At least in the subcontinent its the Indianisation of Islam that has caused this discrimination. Hinduism requires the wives to be burnt alive with their dead husbands. Christianity, Judaism, Shinto; you name it and you’ll find more prejudice against women in the scripture than in Islam.