63 victims to violence acts in KP since 2015

PESHAWAR—Another transgender was shot dead and two others injured by unknown assailants in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Karak district late on Tuesday night, taking the total tally in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa since 2015 to 63.

The transgender persons were returning to Peshawar after attending a musical event in Tehsil Banda Daud Shah of District Karak when their vehicle came under attack in Jatta Ismael Khel.

Local police station house officer Jamshid Khan has confirmed the attack on transgender’s vehicle who were invited to perform in a wedding ceremony. He said that host Hamdan was arrested and further investigations are in progress. The motive of the attack or killing of transgender could be made public on completion of interrogation process, the SHO said.

The victim identified as Tabbo was the 63th victim of violence in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa since 2015, according to an estimate provided by the Pakistan Transgender Association — the community has been assured of basic rights, too.

At least six transgenders were killed and eight were gang raped whereas around 350 others subjected to other criminal and different kinds of violent acts including sexual harassment, rape, gang rape, torture, extortion, denial of access to services, and misbehaviour at police stations and public spaces were recorded in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 2018 alone.

According to Taimor Kamal a social activist working for trans rights protection informed that Karak incident is first ever act of violent against trans during current calendar year. He said that since 2015, over 1200 others subjected to various violent acts including kidnapping, molestation and injuries.

Ms Arzo Secretary General of Trans Genders Association told to Peshawar Today that despite claims and commitments the present government had failed in their protection. She said that they are requesting government to take steps for their protection which is possible through proper legislation. She said that frequent violent acts resulted wide range unrest amongst the community.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Law Minister Sultan Muhammad Khan when contacted has expressed concern over attack against trans group, causing life to one and injuries to two others. He said that in according to National Constitution, rights of people from every gender are secured and government bodies are bound to ensure safety to lives and properties of each and every citicizen without any discrimination. He, however, said that the government is determined to go a step further and they likely to go for more legislation in coming session of the assembly.

The Transgender Persons act (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2018 – passed by the parliament in May last year — bans discrimination against transgender people by employers and business owners, in addition to granting them the right to change their genders such as to opt for male, female or a “third sex” on official documents, such as NICs passports or driver’s licenses.
The bill, which was moved by the PPP Naveed Qamar, also allowed transgenders the right to inheritance and prohibits sexual harassment within the home and outside.
The transgender community in KP is facing a number of difficulties at the hands of people who can’t tolerate their existence.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf led pervious KP government had set aside Rs200m for their empowerment for the first the time in the province’s history in 2016-2017. Moreover, they had promised endowment funds, Insaf Sehat Cards and allocating separate land for a graveyard for transgenders community in Peshawar and other districts.

The KP government, However, yet to honour majority of their promises with transgenders community and even the allocated fund of Rs200 million had been reduced to Rs60 million without carrying out any developmental scheme for the transgender persons in the province.

Sajjad Ali
Sajjad Ali is the founder of Peshawar Today. He is a journalist by profession and working in field for the last ten years. Previously he worked for national media organizations including ‘The Nation’ Daily Pakistan Today, Khyber News. He also worked in media development sector. He can be reached at sajjad.sovereign@gmail.com


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