Khwaja Sara Guddu, 40, was found dead in her home in Clifton Pakistan Saturday morning. According to Clifton SHO Pir Shabbir Haider, Guddu’s body was found with signs of torture on Saturday morning February 16, 2021.
Police said that Guddu came to Karachi 20 years ago from Hassan Abdal 1200 km to the north. They said Khwaja Sara Guddu lived a quiet solitary life living authentically, making a meager living begging for alms.
Guddu is a beautiful name meaning ‘flower’.
Many people in Pakistan prefer to be identified respectfully as “Khwaja Sara” as the word “transgender” in Pakistan identifies Intersex people.
Guddu has two sons and a daughter. 20-year-old Shahab and a 12-year-old Saad, who came to Karachi to claim her body. The police did not mention her daughter’s name.
Both sons denied that she was transgender, deadnaming, and misgendering Khwaja Sara Guddu in statements to ARY News. That same article suggested that she was mauled by animals causing her death in what police previously determined was evidence of torture.
The older son Shahab told police Guddu phoned him five days back telling him she was not feeling well apparently suggesting why they had traveled 1,200 km to see her after 20 years of separation.
The police have sent the body to the hospital for post mortem while her sons have lodged a murder FIR with Clifton Police Station, noting she was tortured to death.
An FIR (First Information Report) is a very important document as it sets the process of criminal justice in motion. It is only after the FIR is registered in the police station that the police take up an investigation of the case. Who can lodge an FIR? Anyone who knows about the commission of a cognizable offense can file an FIR. A cognizable offense is the most serious in which the police can arrest a person without a warrant for heinous crimes.
She suggested that landlords should seek CNIC copy and contact number of the area ‘guru’ before renting out houses to transgender people so that they may contact their families in any eventuality.
The body was taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre to fulfill medico-legal formalities.
A pioneer in the fight for trans rights in Pakistan, Bindiya Rana shares her journey and personal and professional struggles of her community.
Bindiya Rana is a Pakistani transgender activist, and both a member and primary representative of the Khwaja Sira community in the country. Rana is the founder and president of the Gender Interactive Alliance (GIA), which has aided its trans members in availing of ID cards. Her resilient advocacy for the security of trans persons has led to a gradual build-up of confidence amongst the transgender community of Pakistan, who previously felt discriminated against by the majority cis-hetero population.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.