Transgender person held for posing as mosque Imam in Rawalpindi

Police say they arrested the trans person for concealing identity for 1.5 years to lead prayers at the mosque

News Desk March 03, 2023

Police lodged a case on Friday against a transgender person who allegedly concealed his identity to perform the duties of an Imam (prayer leader) at a local mosque in Rawalpindi, Express News reported.

Officers from the Rawat police station arrested suspect Muhammad Khan following a complaint registered by local residents.

Complainant Raja Shafiq alleged that Khan had been leading prayers at the mosque for almost a year and a half and had also led many funeral prayers.

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He claimed that Khan left the imamat of the mosque last month after which local residents gave him a respectful farewell.

However, he claimed that police had arrested him a day earlier after he was seen begging on the streets which led to the revelation that he was a transgender person.

Police said that a remand would be sought from a local court for the accused for further investigation.


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