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Lihaaf was written by Ismat Chugtai that was published in 1941, which was long before our independence. A journal named Adaab-i-Latif   published it. Ismat exposed a bold issue of female sexual desires that brought immediate obloquy to her. Apart from challenging the decent societal norms, the story moves one step ahead in disclosing a harsh reality of life that homosexuality and lesbianism can be an option for a woman under extreme conditions of stress, isolation and alienation which people thought could never be possible.

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Atri, P. (2019). Aesthetics of Homosexuality And Lesbianism As A Choice: A Reading of “Lihaaf” By Ismat Chughtai. History Research Journal, 5(6), 1421-1426. Retrieved from