Two transgender Pakistanis tortured to death in Saudi Arabia

Published: March 1, 2017

PESHAWAR: Two transgender persons, both natives of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), died on Tuesday after being subjected to torture allegedly by Saudi police in Riyadh for dressing up as women in public.

Thirty-five transgender people were arrested by a law enforcement agency for cross-dressing, which is a punishable offence in the kingdom.

A rest house was raided where a ‘Guru Chela Chalan’ gathering, a formal meeting of Khuwaja Sara in which they choose their Guru (leader) and Chelas (Students), was taking place.

Amna, 35, who belonged to the Mingora area of Swat and Meeno, 26, who was from Peshawar died in police custody. The police allegedly packed them in sacks and thrashed them with sticks in prison.

Colonel Fawaz bin Jameel alMaiman, the police’s media spokesperson in Riyadh, told a local news agency that the field-control management had the site under constant surveillance. Women’s clothing and jewellery were also recovered from the rest house.

Three transgender people tortured in Peshawar

He added that the 35 people inside had been apprehended.

“Majority of the arrested, belong to K-P and the others from other cities of Pakistan. Torturing humans after throwing them into bags and beating them with sticks is inhumane,” said Qamar Naseem, a transgender rights activist.

While 11 were released later after paying a fine of 150,000 riyals, 22 are still in police custody, Naseem added.

The suffering ended for these two after being physically tortured, however, the rest are still languishing in Saudi jails, he added.

”No one is there to save them as the life of a transgender is not of any value to anyone, not even for our own government,” he lamented.

Naseem said that the National Commission for Human Rights had been contacted and they are awaiting their response.

Forced out: People who are transgender decry police discrimination

Speaking to The Express Tribune, Farzana, a transgender person, said that if they were involved in any illegal activity the police should take them to court instead of thrashing them like animals.

”Ending someone’s life without a court ruling is in itself illegal,” Farzana said.

She claimed the kingdom would not even allow a transgender person to perform Hajj or Umrah.

The ‘Kabbah’ is not their property — it is god’s property and every Muslim has a right to visit, she added.

No Saudi ban on visas for transgender pilgrims: TAAP

In 2016, local media reported that the Saudi consul-general in Islamabad, in a notification issued to the Travel Agents Association of Pakistan (TAAP), warned against granting visas to transgender persons for Umrah pilgrimage.

TAAP has denied receiving instructions from the Saudi government for not issuing visas to transgender persons who wish to visit the holy land.

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Reader Comments (31)

  • Munib
    Mar 1, 2017 - 7:24PM

    Saudi society is barbarism in 21st centuryRecommend

  • Bedagarakh
    Mar 1, 2017 - 8:06PM

    This is Saudi culture for you. I hope oil prices remain under $50 for another 50 years and the Saudis go around the world with a kashkol.Recommend

  • PakPower
    Mar 1, 2017 - 8:36PM

    The day the bedouins of Saudi Arabia run out of their coveted black gold, the Saudi monarchy would come to an end. It is the only buffer that is between their barbaric and anachronistic rule and the people’s ire.Recommend

  • Sajjad Ali Qureshi
    Mar 1, 2017 - 8:53PM

    Sad News Recommend

  • Raheel
    Mar 1, 2017 - 10:23PM

    Let the oil reserves deplete…..humanity shall be taught to them in sacs with sticks..Recommend

  • ahmad
    Mar 1, 2017 - 10:53PM

    So severe punishment.Recommend

  • salman
    Mar 1, 2017 - 11:31PM

    sad incident. but didn’t they knew this can happen in Saudis. Were they running a brothel?Recommend

  • Haider Jafree
    Mar 1, 2017 - 11:52PM

    A Khawaja Sara is not a transgenderRecommend

  • Liaquat Ali Thaheem
    Mar 2, 2017 - 12:09AM

    Unimaginable barbarianism…Recommend

  • siesmann
    Mar 2, 2017 - 4:55AM

    Barbaric !! They not only killed them ,but tortured them beforehand.Recommend

  • Amazed
    Mar 2, 2017 - 6:57AM

    I dont understand that those saudi princes,and disgusting men can have harems of 100s of women at their disposal but theses are the ones who need to be killed..but I think its high time that transgenders hv to stop acting like prostitites..whtever ur phenotype might be male dominant or female dominant act like that..and the govt. should provide equal opportunities for their schooling and jobs…why does it has to come out that u r transgender..many women for no fault of their own are suffering without a marriage and hence no sexual identity yet they are living with patience y cant they..This has to stop..Recommend

  • Feroz
    Mar 2, 2017 - 7:27AM

    Utterly shameful and inhuman.Recommend

  • Kolsat
    Mar 2, 2017 - 7:44AM

    @Bedagarakh: Americans who talk about human rights and lecture the world will not say a word to saudis who are their oil suppliers. Shows US’s hypocrisy.Recommend

  • Everlast
    Mar 2, 2017 - 8:59AM

    We Pakistanis are really a piece of work. I don’t see any condemnations about how we treat them in our own society. Let’s get our house in order before we lecture others about human right abuses!Recommend

  • Syed
    Mar 2, 2017 - 10:34AM

    Suadi’s are doing right. Being transgender( Khawaja Sara) does not mean to show vulgarity in public if they are by birth they have to keep them self hidden, ALLAH never say any thing about these guys todo these( Dance, clothing etc), they do by their on, they have to keep there issue hidden, and try to accomplish the ALLAH test.Recommend

  • wasim
    Mar 2, 2017 - 11:37AM

    keep yourselves limited to Pakistan. no need to come here and spread vulgarity in the name of transgender. I support Saudi action to keep things in check. Pakistan becomes a mess because of no govt control on anything.Recommend

  • Falandys
    Mar 2, 2017 - 12:58PM

    Your wrong about the oil we get in USA most of our oil comes from Canada and Mexico very little comes from over seas this is a awful thing that happen to these wonderful. People my heart go’s out to them and their familiesRecommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 2, 2017 - 12:59PM

    @Syed: Sham on You, what is the prove they were doing vulgarity? Even for sangsaar it is requirement that one who is PAK DAMAN should beat the person. And more are saudis right for not letting them Hajj or Umra?Recommend

  • Shery
    Mar 2, 2017 - 3:48PM

    @syed: they should keep there issues hidden? What an absolutely ignorant thing to say. Why should they keep their issues hidden when God made them this way
    The Kaabah is a place of worship for every muslim and you arent allowed to perform your Hajj because you are a Khawajahsarah? . That just goes to show that the Saudis have a long journey towards human rights and so do we by the looks of i. Think about it, before you pass judgment, why are things as they are for them. The answer its because people like you and i havent given them the rights they deserve (equality amongst all citizens). Recommend

  • AQ
    Mar 2, 2017 - 5:28PM

    I think you don’t know the ruling of Sharia for them. They should practically live like the gender they are close to according to the nature of their gender disorder. We have seen that they are uncivilized, they are not ready to educate himself on what they should do and what they should not do. Instead of leading life with proper approach they are turning themselves like westerns, and most of them are not natural they pretend to be behaving like opposite gender. You should also study some of this. I am not in favor of torturing and killing them, but they should have been taken to medical exam and rehabs.Recommend

  • k k Khan
    Mar 2, 2017 - 7:31PM

    Very sad news. very unfortunate.Recommend

  • delhuss
    Mar 2, 2017 - 9:33PM

    TG people have the same blood as everybody else. Also the same feelings and emotions. They also feel the pain of physical and verbal abuse. We should free our minds from the grip of Orthodoxy and see other people as human beings who deserve fair tratment and respect rather than this or that or the other.Recommend

  • Aatika Imran
    Mar 2, 2017 - 9:45PM

    Ferocious people.Recommend

  • FAZ
    Mar 3, 2017 - 6:10AM

    Meanwhile the king goes to Bali with tonns of lavishes. What happens in Bali, stays in BaliRecommend

  • Hasan
    Mar 3, 2017 - 1:59PM

    u should suffer the same punishment and then you will learn your humanity. Maybe !Recommend

  • Adel
    Mar 3, 2017 - 2:39PM

    are u in your senses ? what kind of Islam are you propagating. when does killing become legal in islam. they must be trialed n court for thier offense not tortured and killed. Muslim face the terrorist badge beacuse of such pathetic barbaric people. Recommend

  • Shuja Syed
    Mar 3, 2017 - 3:15PM

    Inhuman act, shows how narrow minded they are.Recommend

  • Maqsood
    Mar 3, 2017 - 6:21PM

    Sad indeed. The oil wealth did not change the desert culture. Recommend

  • Muzammil
    Mar 4, 2017 - 12:45AM

    Wish you would have been born like them. You don’t understand that Allah made them like that way. Allah likes his people the way they are. You don’t have any right to touch His people unless they do any harm to you or society. What harm these guys did to the society? Dancing or dressup like them don’t bother anyone Recommend

  • Osger weber Rendau Syndrome
    Mar 4, 2017 - 9:21AM

    No ones Born a Khwaja Sara. One may put any Label such as Gender Dysphoria Transgender transvestism or Transexual etc but the fact of the matter is Men who consider themselves women engage in Heinous acts of Homosexuality dancing and music are scum of our society and deserve to be put to death. Though however men phenotypically female suffering from Kallman syndrome to Testicular feminzation deserve all sympathy medical care and attention.Rather than Promoting THIRD gender rehabilitate these unfortunate souls but as per islam homosexuals deserve nothing but death. Recommend

  • Khalid
    May 13, 2017 - 8:49PM

    Why they went to Saudi. Every one know their rules. Running a brothel is totally illegal. Recommend

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