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Marriage of convenience?

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The BBC reports on LGBT people from South Asian communities — Muslim, Hindu, and Sikh — who use social media to find people of the opposite sex willing to be part of a marriage of convenience to meet familial and community expectations.

While homosexuality is considered a sin in Islam, some imams have said the bigger sin is the deception of being involved in a marriage of convenience.

Imam Ajmal Masroor, based in London, said: “I would recommend to those people doing this, do not do two wrongs because two wrongs will not make it right. If you are struggling with your faith, that’s your personal journey with God. However, deceiving other people is in itself a moral problem.”

It is not just Muslims who are turning to these online websites, the BBC has also seen posts from individuals from Sikh and Hindu backgrounds.