PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police has decided to establish special desks in police stations for hearing complaints of transgender persons.
On the other hand, the transgender persons of KP have given a call of protest tomorrow (Monday) against increasing incidents of violence.
KP Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sanaullah Abbasi has announced establishment of special desks for transgender persons in police stations and focal person of these desks will be an officer of the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP). The KP Police has also approved inclusion of a chapter on rights of transgender persons in the police training course.
The KP police chief said transgender persons are also entitled to all rights like other citizens of the country. He directed the policemen to treat the transgender persons coming to police stations with respect and equality. He said the special desks will be made functional in Peshawar and rest of the province soon.
The IGP said the data of all transgender persons in KP will be collected. He said a thorough investigation will also be held to ascertain why the problems of transgender persons are increasing.
Meanwhile, the transgender persons have given a call of protest in Peshawar tomorrow (Monday) against increasing incidents of violence.
President of transgender persons in Peshawar Farzana said they are not demanding government jobs or free of cost medical treatment, and they only thing they demand is security. Farzana said sarcastically that if someone wants to get rid of transgender persons then they must do it at once and stop killing them one by one.
Farzana appealed to all the transgender persons in the country to come out for their rights. She said that after the Peshawar protest, the scope of agitation will be expended to other cities.
On September 09-10, two transgender persons were killed and another was injured in two separate incidents in Peshawar and Swabi. With the latest murders, the number of transgender persons killed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during the last five years has reached 70.
Rights activists say most of the culprits involved in murder of transgender persons escape punishment due to weak prosecution.