Trans woman Arzu had barely closed the door of her home after Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa TransAction Alliance previous leader Aleshia was murdered when someone made an attempt on her life.
Arzu’s predecessor Aleshia was shot by a gang that forces trans women into prostitution, extorts those who refuse, and murders those who don’t comply with their demands.
Arzu had been complaining about the same sort of intimidation that preceded the shooting of Aleshia, only this time she has proof. She recorded the extortionist’s phone calls.
According to the Tribune, someone threw accelerant on the side of Arzu’s home and set it on fire Sunday night. That criminal hasn’t been identified as yet, but police know who was making the phone calls.
The person identified in the telephone recordings was briefly detained by police but released without a First Incident Report (FIR) being filed, so he walked free without being charged.
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa TransAction Alliance posted to facebook:
Arzu who is a Govt servant and Board member of Transgender Alliance received death threats on the phone last night, then they tried to set her home on Fire. (We have) recordings of threating calls but despite several requests, the police has refused to listen to them. They are demanding one million Rs extortion money. Police have arrested the persons issuing threat but did not lodged a FIR against them and facilitated their bail under section 107.This is extremely shameful. The accused were given VIP treatment by police last night (even after) they issued death threats to Arzu in front of SHO in Tahseel Police Station and (yet unbelievably) the police refused to take action.
It took the shooting of a brave transgender Pakistani transgender woman and her needless death at an uncaring ‘hospital’ to tear down the walls that separated this isolated community from the world. Now that we know of their plight we will stop at nothing to make sure they are treated humanely as citizens, as Pakistan’s constitution demands.