PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to establish a separate graveyard for transgender persons in Peshawar.

Speaker KP Assembly Mushtaq Ghani made this assurance during a meeting with representatives of transgender persons, civil society activists and officials of the Social Welfare Department. The delegation informed the speaker about the difficulties faced by transgender persons during burial in graveyards. They said people often do not allow the bodies of transgender persons to be buried in their graveyards and their heirs also refuse to accept their bodies if they die.

The speaker directed the Auqaf Department to allot four-kanal land for graveyard for transgender persons. He said separate graveyards will also be established for transgender persons in Nowshera and other cities where they are in considerable number.

Arzoo, a transgender person, while talking to TNN appreciated this step of the provincial government. Arzoo said this step was necessary as people don’t allow the bodies of transgender persons to be buried in their graveyards.

Until now, the transgender people had been burying their dead in private graveyards. Although, laws have been approved giving transgender people rights yet many of them continue to face discrimination, including verbal and physical abuse.

According to the 2017 census, there are more than 10,400 transgender people in Pakistan, but rights campaigners and representatives of transgender community contest this and say the actual number is much more higher.