A transgender woman tentatively identified as Arif alias Warra was found brutally murdered in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Saturday morning but was left unattended overnight by a morgue and was refused last rights by the state contractor tasked with doing that exact task.
Update 10/22/2017 TransAction Pakistan has learned that police have located Arif Alis Warra. They are asking for help in identifying the murdered trans woman,
Human rights activist Qamar Naseem told geo.tv the deceased was a resident of Iqbal Plaza where some of the fellow residents identified the body as that of Arif alias Warra from Karachi, while the others said she was from Oghi, Mansehra.
Naseem said the body, which appeared to be two or three days old as it had insects crawling on it, showed signs of brutal torture.
Although the body was found earlier in the day, it was not buried until the night as the in-charge of the only morgue in Peshawar, which belonged to Khyber Medical College, was not ready to take it in, saying an insect-infested body could not be kept there, Naseem said.
On the other hand, he added, the government contractor — working under the police department — who is responsible to bury unclaimed bodies also refused to carry out the final rites.
Tamure Kamal, a rights activist, told the Tribune that he holds the police and government accountable for their failure to provide protection to the transgender community.
“This is the 53rd transgender person killed since 2015 and we have around 300 cases of violence against transgender persons on record including rape, gang rape, kidnapping and torture,” he said, adding that the violence against transgender people was far from over and it was because the police was not taking the issue seriously.