Over 70 transsexual persons lost their lives in different kinds of incidents in the last almost six years and the majority of them were attacked by the people known to the deceased.
In a recent survey report, it was discovered that around 74 people from the transgender community were killed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during the last six years. The latest murder was that of a transgender activist Gul Panra in Palosai village on the outskirts of Peshawar. In the unfortunate incident, another transgender Chahat was also received several injuries. The police arrested Rafiullah, the alleged killer of Gul Panra, who was said to be a friend of the deceased but they had developed differences.
Besides the two, another transgender Gul Chahat also expressed her fears in a video message that she might be attacked too as she is also receiving several death threats.
In order to counter the recent rise in violence against the transgender community, two senior cops have been made focal persons who will ensure the protection of transgenders in the area. According to media reports, the SP City Police and ASP Faqirabad have been made focal persons to hold meetings with members from the transgender community and take appropriate measures to ensure their security.
In addition, the Victims Support Desk at the Gulbahar Police Station will also be equipped to receive complaints and take prompt action in case of any threat to transgenders in the locality. In case a transgendered person approaches the police station for any complaints, a woman officer will be ready to help them out.
On the other hand, a number of human rights activists and transgender society leaders have also been demanding prompt action of justice after Julie, a transgender rights activist was recently imprisoned in an allegedly fabricated case.
Multiple human rights organizations are demanding protection as well as equal rights for the transgender community in Pakistan so that they could live a respectable life. Many of them are also involved in crimes, begging, and other streams of the informal economy when they are disowned by their families.
For the last many years, there have been calls by the rights activists, asking parents and families to own their transgendered family members and give them basic rights of education, health, and other facilities so that they can live the respectable life they deserve to live.