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Pakistani once a wife, now looking to be a husband
Publication Date : 06-09-2013
TOBA TEK SINGH, Punjab: Eight months ago, Nagina Akram, happily married to a man, would not have even imagined that one day she would be running a tyre shop as a young man named Usman Akram. Today, Usman, who has also changed his gender status on his identification card to "male", is looking for a suitable girl so that he can begin a new married life - as a husband
Eight months ago, happily married Nagina Akram would not have even imagined that one day she would be running a tyre shop as a young man named Usman Akram.
Usman was born Nagina Akram as a girl to a family living in Ghaziabad, Karachi. His father Haji Akram was a trader. As Nagina, (s)he was married to an expatriate Khalid who worked in Spain, in 2011.
Khalid and Nagina spent two years as a happily married couple. Khalid would visit Pakistan every six moths to see his wife.
When the couple found themselves unable to conceive a child after two years of marriage, Khalid asked his wife to consult a doctor.
The visit to local gynecologist Dr Tahira Khalid changed every thing for the couple, especially Nagina.
The gynecologist, after observing some changes in Nagina’s body advised, her to do some tests at Karachi's Agha Khan hospital.
The tests confirmed that Nagina's body was going through gender changes, and subsequently, she went for surgery to turn her into a man, now named Usman Akram.
At the, time Khalid was in Spain, busy pursuing the legal procedures necessary to bring his wife to the European country.
Usman told Dawn that he initially felt ashamed about the changes he had gone through.
"For eight months, I shaved my face to encourage facial hair to grow, so that I would look more like a man," he said.
Usman said that soon after receiving the medical test results confirming the bizarre changes occuring in his body, he told Khalid over the phone.
He and Khalid have not been in contact since, and the latter's family has returned the dowry.
Starting his new life as a man, Usman said that he opened a tyre shop to earn a living.
Now Usman, who has also changed his gender status on his identification card to "male", is looking for a suitable girl so that he can begin a new married life - as a husband.