Eunuch and cross dresser’s bodies found

Bodies of victims found burnt; attacks occurred within a day of each other.


Safdar Ali November 08, 2010

SHEIKHUPURA: Unidentified men murdered a eunuch and set his body on fire near the Sheikhupura police precincts on Sunday, a day after a similar incident occurred near Seema Canal.

According to police officials, the incident took place on Lahore Road between Ayesha Stop and Fauzia Chowk.

The eunuch in question could not be identified as his body was burned beyond recognition. On Saturday, another boy who reportedly dressed up as a eunuch was burnt near the Seema Canal. “We cannot confirm that the earlier case was a eunuch, he was most likely a cross dresser. We found bits of jewellery and clothing at the crime scene which indicate that the boy had dressed up as a woman. He was most likely a beggar,” Sheikhupura superintendent police (SP) Syed Amin Bukhari told reporters. Bukhari added that the area in which both bodies were found was usually frequented by eunuchs and cross dressers who beg in the streets.

“This is the second brutal murder of its kind within a day. Both of the bodies were burned beyond recognition, their nails were pulled out and their eyes were removed,” Bukhari told reporters, adding that the autopsy report could not confirm the identity of either of the victims and they were both laid to rest near the police station.

“We could not identify either of them. They were burnt beyond recognition and before that they had been brutally tortured,” Bukhari said, adding that the police was investigating any suspicious activity in the area.

“We have put people on the look out in the area and we have already released pictures of the bodies to caution people about what has happened,” constable Rehman said, adding that he hoped someone would come forward with evidence or an indication into who could have been behind the murders. “So far we have no leads on the case and are looking for anything to go on,” he said.

Police officials said that these serial murders had caused a lot of hysteria in the district as both bodies had been tortured. “So far we don’t have any identification of the victims or the perpetrators and naturally people are worried,” Bukhari said, adding that Sheikhupura was normally a safe district and such a brutal crime was rare.

SP Bukhari has formed two investigation teams to look into the murder. “There is one team to investigate each murder. These teams will follow any leads that crop up regarding the victims,” he said, adding that the police was determined to catch the murderers as soon as possible.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 8th, 2010.

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susan | 10 years ago | Reply Wow! Individuals should educate themselves about transgender people. For those who try to rationalize that it is "unnatural" and therefore "punishable", give your head a shake. I don't care what religion you belong to; torture of anyone for any reason is unacceptable for human behaviour. The universe is about balance; the perpetrators will get theirs in the end. Pakistan is not the problem; uneducated racist, homophobic and sexist individuals are the problem. People are people...valuable beings on the planet at this time; each and everyone one of them as valuable as the next. Beggars exist in every country of the world; there are reasons that beggars are beggars...deal with the reasons and you will eliminate the need for beggars to beg. It is not "rocket science".
Anthony | 10 years ago | Reply Nasha, thanks for the information. I will definitely look up the article. And Tony, yes, Pakistan would be missed...at least most of the people who live there. I know some very nice, decent people who condemn these actions vehemently. And one doesn't throw the baby out with the bath water. It's not the Country that is the problem, only some very misguided radicals who are hate mongers...they are so insecure in themselves that they have to take their vitriolic hate out on others who can't defend themselves. I suppose this makes them feel more important somehow. That's pretty sad itself. Or perhaps they identify with them so they have to kill what they hate in themselves....
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