SWABI: After the murder of a transgender person in Peshawar, now a transgender person has been shot dead in Swabi.
Police said transgender person, Saad, was shot dead by his 14-year-old brother who had strong reservations over his dancing activities. The victim had come back home after attending a dance program in Rawalpindi after which his brother shot him dead and dumped his body in nearby fields.
With the latest murder, the number of transgender persons killed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during the last five years has reached 70. It was the second murder incident of murder of transgender persons in KP in two days.
On Wednesday, a transgender person was killed and another was injured in a firing incident in Peshawar.
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.
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.
Taimoor Kamal, a social activist working for the rights of transgender persons, said in a recent interview with TNN that 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.