PESHAWAR: A transgender person was killed and another was injured in a firing incident in Peshawar on Wednesday.

Transgender Association president Farzana told media that the two transgender persons were targeted when they were returning home after attending a function in Palosai area. The deceased transgender person was identified as Gul Panra, while the injured was identified as Chahat.

The injured transgender person was shifted to Khyber Teaching Hospital. Hospital sources said Chahat has received six bullets and her condition is critical.

Farzana said the assailants were wearing veils and they escaped after attacking the transgender persons. The body of the slain transgender person was shifted to Khyber Medical College for post mortem.

Police have initiated investigation into the incident. Police said it is ascertaining the reason behind the incident. It said the culprits involved in the incident will be arrested soon.

The transgender community in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa condemned the attack on innocent transgender persons and demanded immediate arrest of the culprits. They also demanded security for the vulnerable segment.

Taimoor Kamal, a social activist working for the rights of transgender persons, said in a recent interview with TNN that about 65 transgender persons have been killed since 2015, mostly in the name of honour.

Taimoor Kamal said most of the culprits involved in murder of transgender persons escape punishment due to weak prosecution. He said another big reason behind murder of transgender persons is so-called disloyalty in friendship. He said some friends kill transgender persons after accusing them of making ‘friendship’ with other people and they consider it disloyalty with them and then take ‘revenge’.

Taimoor said that being a human being, a transgender person also has a right to make friends according to their own free will and denying of this right is violation of basic human rights. He said that transgender persons are being subjected to torture and sexual abuse in KP regularly. He said many times transgender persons receive death threats and sometimes the culprits go ahead with their treats and take lives.

Taimoor said this problem can be resolved only if we give status of equal citizens to transgender persons and provide them justice and other facilities.