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    Polygamous Lesbians Flee Sharia http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6599437.stm A Nigerian lesbian who married four women last weekend in Kano State has gone
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      Polygamous Lesbians Flee Sharia
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6599437.stm


      A Nigerian lesbian who "married" four women last weekend in Kano State
      has gone into hiding from the Islamic police, with her partners.

      Under Sharia law, adopted in the state seven years ago, homosexuality
      and same-sex marriages are outlawed and considered very serious
      offences. The theatre where the elaborate wedding celebration was held
      on Sunday has been demolished by Kano city's authorities. Lesbianism
      is also illegal under Nigeria's national penal code. Nigeria's
      parliament is considering tightening its laws on homosexuality.

      Stoning

      Kano's Hisbah board, which uses volunteers to enforce Islamic law,
      told the BBC that the women's marriage was "unacceptable". The BBC's
      Bala Ibrahim in Kano says Aunty Maiduguri and her four "wives" are
      thought to have gone into hiding the day after they married.

      All five women, who are believed to be film actresses in the local
      home-video industry, were born Muslims, otherwise they would not be
      covered by Sharia law. Islam says a man can take up to four wives if
      he is able to support them.

      "As defenders of the Sharia laws, we shall not allow this unhealthy
      development to take root in the state," the Hisbah's deputy commander
      Ustaz Abubakar Rabo told Nigeria's This Day newspaper.

      Mr Rabo told the BBC's Focus on Africa programme that if the women
      were found guilty of lesbianism they faced one of two punishments. For
      a married woman the offence would be considered adultery for which the
      punishment is death by stoning. A single woman would be caned.

      Large turnout

      Our correspondent says the theatre where the colourful wedding
      ceremony was held was flattened earlier this week. Several reasons
      were given for the demolition, including the discovery that it was
      built on wrongly allocated land.

      Eyewitnesses say there was a large turnout for the marriage and guests
      were given leaflets as a souvenir showing Aunty Maiduguri surrounded
      by her "brides". A Kano police spokesman told the BBC that his
      officers were not actively looking for the women, but would arrest
      them if need be.

      The Hisbah group, which is run separately from the police, receives
      state government support. Two years ago, a Sharia court sentenced a
      man to six months in prison and fined him $38 for living as a woman
      for seven years in Kano. Eleven other states in mostly Muslim northern
      Nigeria have adopted Sharia law.

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