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Millions Watch as Pakistani Trans community protest Police Extortion and Brutality

Human Rights Day
Millions of people worldwide are now being made aware of the horrific conditions Pakistan’s transgender people are suffering.

While reading the article by Mashaal Radio translated by google mobile app it was shocking to see the TransAction protesters called نریګر “niggers” on of all days December 10th, International Human Rights Day.

It is safe to assume the well-respected journalists at Mashaal Radio didn’t intend to desegregate the protesters with the N-word. The translation varies depending on which app you use, but what of those who would assume that the use of the N-word was intentional?

It does however, give us an unfiltered view of how our community and other marginalized minorities are treated in Pakistan.

Transaction KP Press Club Protest Int’l Human Rights Day

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Pointing out the unfortunate translation is important and not salacious clickbait, as some will undoubtedly claim because the vast majority of the world rely solely on mobile devices to connect to the internet.

The article as translated by the Google mobile app:

The victims of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa say that the abusive behavior in the society has narrowed life. They have said that according to the Peshawar Press Club, Mazhar on Sunday, in protest demonstration for the resolution of their problems. Timur Kamal, a non-governmental organization working for the rights of the niggers, says, compared to the issuing cases in the tens of cases, justice is very low. The protesters charged the police that the police do not even work against them properly. However, police officials have said nothing even in response to the protest, but previously denied allegations that they do not pay attention to the civilian issues. See this about the Yusuf Yusuf video report.

“Life is a Living Hell says Chaht.” TransAction narrated. “Focal Point of TransAction for district Swabi. Chaht was abducted along with few other transgender persons in Swabi and was recovered by KP Police in a raid from mountains of Buner.”

The following is but a snapshot spanning a couple months illustrating of the ongoing violence targeting transgender people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the obvious collusion even perpetration of those acts by police.

Spogmai RIP / Transaction Pakistan Facebook

Transgender woman Spogmai, 24, was shot in her Peshawar apartment Sunday, November 26th and later died at Lady Reading Hospital (LRH). The unknown assailant(s) shot her 6 times according to a Gulberg Police spokesman. The 24-year-old described by friends as a vibrant and happy soul was originally from Balochistan PK. but had come to the region hoping for a better life. It is common for Pakistan Trans women to assume one name after being disavowed after transition by biological family.

Our Transgender sister sunny is receiving threats to pay 500.000 extortion amount while she asked to pay 1 lakh rupee monthly otherwise she will face the same fate as Spogmai. She has already made a complaint but police at the SHO Gulbahar are pressuring her to make a settlement with the criminals.

Last Sunday 200.000 Rs extorsion demand to another transgender sister Asady in Peshawar. KP police where are you. Will we have to suffer because there is no one to protect us. She says no one is listening because she is still alive. Police will only get active after she is killed. What a shame is this. What a sad situation.

TransAction PK is the first ever organized community movement of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which represent 48000 to 55000 transgender and intersex community from 25 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA).

TransAction Alliance is working to reclaim spaces for transgender and intersex community and end transphobia in the conservative and radicalized society of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA.

Kelli Busey
Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender


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