Pakistani court orders arrest of transsexual couple

Lahore, Pakistan – A Pakistani court ordered the arrest of a couple who married last year after a team of doctors concluded the groom was really a woman, despite a sex-change operation, officials said Thursday.

The case casts a rare public spotlight on transsexualism, which along with homosexuality and cross-dressing are considered taboo in conservative Pakistan.

The Lahore High Court issued the warrant Wednesday after medics charged with examining 31-year-old Shumail Raj submitted their report, Mohammed Sharif, a judge at the court, told The Associated Press.

Ejaz Bhatty, a senior doctor who led the team, said Raj told the medics he had consulted a doctor 16 years ago after noticing that his voice had changed and that he was sprouting facial hair.