Another Transgender Pashto Performer Murdered in Swat

For all of its beauty, the Swat valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa remains one of the world’s deadliest for transgender people. R.I.P. Sana

TNN reports that another Pashto artist was killed allegedly by her brother in Swat on Friday. TNN has reported that the singer, Sana, was stabbed to death in Banr area, a famous center for Pashto musicians in Swat district.

Police said that so far the motive behind the brutal murder couldn’t be ascertained as they are still conducting the investigation into the case. Police added that the accused is the brother of the victim, who escaped after committing the crime.

Dancing at weddings and stage performances are the most common professions that the marginalized community’s members take up. In Pakistan, stage performers have little protection. In April last year, pregnant singer Samina Sindhu was shot dead for being unable to dance while singing. Transgender performers face even worse discrimination. Aish Khan, a transgender performer based in Karachi, told SAMAA that men get drunk at most of the functions. The drunken men take personal offense if their desires are met which often ends with violence.

One year ago, in June, transgender wedding dancer Sania was murdered while performing.

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