Shakeela, a beautiful Pakistani transgender woman was savaged by a gang in Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, abducted from outside of a mosque where she was attempting to observe Eid.
TransAction Alliance provincial president Farzana and general secretary Arzo Khan told reporters at the Peshawar Press Club that transgender woman Shakeela was subjected to severe violence by a group of young people in Mardan on Eid day but the police didn’t take action despite the alliance’s leaders repeated requests.
Shakeela was abducted from outside a mosque on Eid to a house, where she was beaten for refusing to pay the gang a demand for extortion one million Rupees. (6,500 USD)
Many Pakistani transgender women eke out a meager existence dancing at weddings and birthdays but not without constant harassment and violence.
Pakistan, especially the PK, is slowly coming to terms with its culture of pedophilia and infidelity. Protected by systemic toxic masculinity criminals act with impunity, a problem that is threatening to tear the country apart.
Despite recent gains, transgender women in Pakistan are often the target of extortionists and rapists sometimes by the police themselves.
The alliance’s leaders said that Shakeela who works as a dancer in the area had already paid money to extortionists but that the sum that they demanded was far beyond her means.
As a result, the gang roughly cut her hair off and beat her for three hours.
Without media representation, the Pakistani trans community would be at the mercy of criminals and police.