Transgender, friend killed in Peshawar

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HAMID HUSSAIN

PESHAWAR

Gunmen shot dead a transgender and her friend on Wednesday in Peshawar.

Police said unknown armed men riding a motorbike opened fire at Daniyal alias ‘Chukti’ and her friend when they were travelling in a rickshaw on Ring Road.

Member Trans Action Alliance, a local rights group in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Qamar Naseem told ‘Daily Morning Mail’ that ‘Chutki’, 24, belonged to Lakki Marwat district and had recently moved to Peshawar. “’Chukti’ and her boyfriend were both gunned down by unknown armed men,” he said.

Police said motive for the killing was unknown.

Dozens of transgender people have been killed in recent years, mainly in KP.

According to the Trans Action Alliance, says 55 transgender persons have been killed there over the past three years.

Naseem further said 42 out of 55 transgender persons were killed by their own friends or someone known to them. “A total of 53 cases of violence against transgender persons have been registered since the start of this year,” he added.

He said the transgender persons in the KP were active and had been vocal for protection of their rights; therefore most of the violent attacks were reported from the province.

Recently, the hiring of a transgender person, Marvia Malik by a television channels as newscaster was received as great development. However, the murder of another transgender shows that violence against them continues unabated.

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