Pakistan: Transgender shot, sixth case of violence against community in a year

The transgender, Deedar, was attacked on Saturday when she visited the house of her alleged attacker, Shahid, to take back her money which was loaned to him

By: PTI | Peshawar | Published:September 11, 2016 10:55 am
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A transgender in Pakistan was shot and injured allegedly by a man over a monetary dispute in this city, the sixth case of violence against trans people in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province this year.

The transgender, Deedar, was attacked on Saturday when she visited the house of her alleged attacker, Shahid, to take back her money which was loaned to him, police said.

She alleged that she had lent Shahid over Rs 100,000 two months ago, which he had promised to return in a month, but later he refused to return the loan, the Dawn reported.

“When I went to his home for my money, Shahid not only misbehaved but also dragged me out and shot at me,” Deedar was quoted as saying by the Dawn News.

The injured transgender was shifted to Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH).

“She was shot in the arm, we provided initial treatment in the emergency department and later shifted her to the surgical ward,” said a senior doctor at the emergency department of KTH.

A large crowd of transgenders gathered at the hospital following the incident.

The president of Shemale Association of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa demanded protection for her community, saying they felt insecure.

After recording Deedar’s statement, police raided a house in the Pishtakhara area and arrested the accused.

This is the sixth reported case of violence against trans people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa this year, the daily said.

In June, a transgender was shot multiple times for allegedly resisting sexual advances by a group of armed men.