One transgender gang-raped, two killed in Swabi

By AFP
Published: April 6, 2015
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Police official says armed men also abducted one transgender who was released hours later. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Police official says armed men also abducted one transgender who was released hours later. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

PESHAWAR: Armed men in Swabi abducted and gang-raped a transgender person on Monday after killing two others in a pre-dawn incident, police said.

The incident took place in the Yar Hussain neighbourhood of Swabi district, where a group of transgenders was returning home after performing a music and dance show at a wedding party.

Sajjad Khan, district police chief of Swabi in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, said the men were waiting for them in a field and tried to abduct all of them but they refused.

“The attackers opened fire after the refusal. One transgender and one drummer died on the spot while another was wounded,” Khan said.

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The armed men then abducted one transgender who was released hours later, Khan said.

“The victim told police that he was set free after being gang-raped by four persons,” the police officer added.

Police later raided separate locations and arrested six suspects, charging them with murder and gang-rape, Khan said.

A second police official in the area confirmed the incident and told AFP the six detainees often attended the shows by the transgender group.

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“These men were fond of transgenders and used to regularly attend their music and dance shows,” the official said, requesting anonymity.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Rukha Salman
    Apr 6, 2015 - 7:07PM

    Why are people so impertinent towards transgenders? It’s heart-wrecking! Recommend

  • Ozair
    Apr 6, 2015 - 11:17PM

    if it were Punjab, the perpetrators would only be arrested after Khadime Alaa takes “NOTICE” of the incident and directs police to arrest the criminalsRecommend

  • dr.s
    Apr 7, 2015 - 12:27AM

    @Ozair: police is probably not working properly because of terrorising statements from an apologist of taliban..so cm has to take “punjab”… anyways punjab has much better law and order situation than either naya or purana kpk.. et plz publish my comment !Recommend

  • Moosa
    Apr 7, 2015 - 10:25AM

    Sad and Gross!!Recommend

  • Zain ul Abideen
    Apr 7, 2015 - 10:41AM

    @dr.s:
    Yes that’s exactly why Punjab police is a failing institution. It is all got to do with imran khan and nothing to do with politicization of the force. The law and order in Punjab is deteriorating. Kpk Is geographically in a war zone and Punjab is safer because of that buffer.Recommend

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