Written by Malik Ayub Sumbal
A trend toward gay and lesbian sex in Pakistani society is rapidly emerging among teenage boys and girls.
In Pakistan's so-called Islamic society, it is a great transgression even to discuss homosexuality, yet youths have been heading toward a sexual mutiny for a decade and a half.
The new generation of Pakistan has rejected all the norms, values, and ethics of a Muslim society. They are totally Westernized and have adopted all the Western societies' norms and values.
In much of Pakistani society, being a lesbian or gay is considered one of the most corrupt and shameful acts, and the society curses it; but despite this hard reality, many young girls and boys are indulging in homosexual relations.
Pakistani society has a number of classes and social divisions, separated by social status, as well as economic, religious, ethnic, and cultural divisions.
The elite class of the country, called the aristocrats by the lower and middle classes, has little to do with the religion in broader aspect of the masses, and they turn themselves toward each and every culture. Among this group, homosexuality is not viewed as objectionable or bad.
Among religious Pakistanis, however, homosexuality — in Islam the proper terminology for homosexuality is sodomy — is a great sin and one of the most distressing acts in Islam.
In this religious society such acts are hidden. Websites of gays and lesbians in Pakistan can be accessed, and the users of these websites can get connected with each other for the fulfillment of sexual desires.
Young college and university boys and girls who cannot take part in sexual intercourse with the opposite sex often turn to gays and lesbians in Pakistan.
The number of lesbians in Pakistan has increased at an alarming rate owing to the increasing percentage of females in Pakistan. According to the government's population census, females make up 52 percent of the total population, but NGOs place the percentage of females in the population closer to 60 percent.
So the saga behind the lesbian phenomenon in Pakistan is that when females mature they want sexual interaction, but owing to the late marriages of the girls and the non-availability of life partners, they fail to start matrimonial life and turn toward lesbianism.
Many girls who are residing in hostels away from their homes and getting an education in the colleges and universities sexually interact with each other, according to homosexuals who have left the country. (There aren't official records on Pakistani sexual practices because Pakistanis wouldn't typically risk answering questions about their sexuality for fear of reprisals.)
When questioned by The New American, a 24-year-old university student named Saba, who has been residing in a girls' hostel in Islamabad, commented:
I am very happy with my roommate as we both satisfy each other and even to the peak of a pleasant orgasm. It is a safe and sound sexual relation as it protects our virginity. That is vital for us because if we lost our virginities, then it is not possible for us to get into a marriage with any respectable man.
Saba said that she can enjoy more with the lesbian girls as compared with boys because males and females are often culturally segregated.
A trend toward watching porn movies is also likely having an impact on Pakistani youths. One study reported that Pakistani people most frequently access porn on the Internet, but the study was strongly rejected by the government of Pakistan.
Teenage boys and girls have porn movie clips in their mobile phones which they share with others. They also make movies of one another while performing sex and then later these movies come out in the public due to their own negligence.
Not surprisingly, the increase in sex outside of marriage is causing a burgeoning of AIDS throughout the country. See here.
The tendency toward homosexuality in Pakistan — behavior clearly the result of a conscious choice by the youth influenced by Western culture — is shocking in this Muslim country, and reflects the absence of effective countering influences by religious authorities and public health workers.
Malik Ayub Sumbal is a freelance journalist based in Islamabad, Pakistan.
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