PESHAWAR: Three groups of people who are transgender were attacked over the course of a single night in the provincial capital.
In the first incident, a person who is transgender was reportedly assaulted by Ismail and Jehanzeb in Chamkani. The survivor has been identified as Pinki. She and her group were in the locality for a musical programme when the suspects reportedly assaulted Pinki and threatened her.
“I was raped by these two men in Pishtakhara three months ago,” Pinki told The Express Tribune. “The police arrested them and sent both the culprits to jail. However, they were released by the court and recently threaten to kill me.”
She said the Chamkani police were reluctant to register an FIR of the case even 18 hours after the incident and ordered them to go to the police station in Pishtakhara instead.
In the second incident, unidentified bandits stopped the vehicle of a transgender person in Tari village within the jurisdiction of Mathra police station.
They robbed Yasir, Numi and Strawberry of cash worth Rs30,000. The police have reportedly refused to register an FIR despite repeated requests.
In yet another case, Ayesha, Gulalai and Zamard were shot at on Dalazak Road within the jurisdiction of Paharipura police station. The police registered an FIR against Syed Afzal and Ibrahim for opening fire on the vehicle and harassing people who are transgender.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 19th, 2016.