Attack on transgender sparks outrage

Published: June 13, 2016
Members of the transgender association protest. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Members of the transgender association protest. PHOTO: EXPRESS

MANSEHRA: A transgender person was critically injured when three attackers opened fire at her in the urban limits of Mansehra on Sunday night. The attempted murder sparked unrest among the transgender community which took to the streets on Monday and slammed the police for not providing security.

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According to City police, Kashi alias Chand, was at home when three armed people, one of whom was identified as Kala Khan, barged into her house and started harassing her. When the situation got out of hands, the armed men opened fire at Chand with pistols. The assailants managed to escape from the scene and the injured transgender person was rushed to King Abdullah Teaching Hospital. She was later referred to Ayub Medical Complex in Abbottabad in critical condition.

No hospital big enough for transgender people

Reacting to attempted murder, the trangender association of the area held a protest and marched from Mansehra Press Club to City police station. Led by the association president, Maria Khan, and general secretary, Nadra Khan, they chanted slogans against the police. Speaking to the media, Maria Khan said her community had informed the police of threats to their lives after the murder of transgender person Alesha. She claimed the police displayed its typical lackadaisical attitude which led to the murder attempt on Chand. The activist stated 24 hours had passed and the police had yet to arrest the murderers.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 14th, 2016.

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  • Jun 14, 2016 - 10:57AM

    A transgender is a living human with Pak nationality. If his sexual orientation is different, then you have the doctors and mullahs to take care of this physical condition. However, it is the responsibility of the state to provide equal law to them as other citizens. This is where we have failed as a nation. WE HAVE NOT MATURED AND BECOME AWARE WITH EDUCATION. Salams Recommend

  • Jun 14, 2016 - 11:49AM

    When will the Government of Pakistan listen to their LGBTIQ community, to trans persons?

    I hate that my Australian taxes go in part to Pakistan as foreign aid.

    I think Pakistan should get NO FOREIGN AID at all.Recommend

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