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Lesbian couple jailed in Bangladesh

Wed 2 Oct 2013 In: International News View at Wayback

A lesbian couple has been jailed under colonial era anti-gay laws in Bangladesh. Lucky and Mishti fell in love while working at a factory together in Dhaka, had a marriage ceremony and lived together for eight months. When police were tipped off they were detained and their home. Local media describe Lucky as being very masculine looking and dressed in male clothing. They say she introduced herself as Mishti’s husband. The couple was then sent for ‘sex identification tests’, where doctors confirmed they both were female. They were arrested for ‘unsocial activities’ and have been imprisoned. Gay Star News reports it is not clear if this is a punishment, or if they are on remand awaiting trial. Homosexuality is illegal in Bangladesh. In the penal code, it states any person who has sex ‘against the order of nature’ should be jailed for life, or put to hard labour for 10 years and fined.     

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Wednesday, 2nd October 2013 - 9:26am

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