After video of his wedding ceremony went viral, a man who is thought to be one of the UK’s first Muslims to enter into a same-sex marriage has been threatened with an acid attack.
Jahed Choudhury, 24, married his partner Sean Rogan, 19, in the West Midlands last week. Both men donned traditional sherwani and turbans for the ceremony. The couple later shared video of their nuptials online, where it got a lot of attention from LGBT Muslims and bigots alike.
“This is about showing people I don’t care,” he told The Express & Star. “My family doesn’t want to come on the day. They just don’t want to see it—it’s too embarrassing for them. They think it’s a disease and can be cured. Some of my family still call it a phase.”
While the pair has received an outpouring of support from social media users, Choudhury revealed this week that he’s also received several threatening messages.
“The worst [messages] say ’The next time I see you in the streets, I’m going to throw acid in your face,'” he told the Victoria Derbyshire Show.
“Even if I walk down the streets, I have people spitting on me and calling me pig – all the nasty stuff. I just keep walking.”
Choudhury and Rogan have yet to report the harassment to police, but say they’re considering doing so.
“I’ve been brought up Muslim and the Koran mentions you cannot be gay and Muslim. But this is how I have chosen to live my life,” Choudhury concluded. “I will never get rid of my faith.”