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Trans person gang-raped, 2 others killed in Pakistan

Swabi, Pakistan (Photo courtesy Wikipedia Commons)
Swabi, Pakistan (Photo courtesy Wikipedia Commons)

The Nation Pakistan reported earlier this month on a police report that several armed men gang-raped a trans person after they had killed two others in Swabi, in the district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Northern Pakistan.

The group of three trans persons was returning home after performing a music and dance show at a wedding reception.

Sajjad Khan, district police chief of Swabi, said the men were waiting for them in a field and tried to abduct all of them but they refused.

“The attackers opened fire after the refusal. One (trans) and one drummer died on the spot while another was wounded,” Khan said. The armed men then abducted the injured trans person who was released hours later, Khan said. “The victim told police that (s)he was set free after being gang-raped by four persons,” the police officer added.

Police have arrested six suspects and charged them with murder and gang-rape, Khan said.

A second police official confirmed the incident and said the six detainees often attended the shows by the transgender group.  “These men were fond of transgenders and used to regularly attend their music and dance shows,” the officer said.

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at info@76crimes.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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