Transgender leader Kushi attacked in southern Pakistani city

Korangi’s Darul Uloom
Korangi’s Darul Uloom one of the worlds largest Islamic University

Kushi, the transgender coordinator of the seaport city of Korangi Karachi, Pakistan was injured after again being attacked by gangs of youth near the city’s Islamic University.

According to the Industrial Area police, unidentified persons injured the transgender woman Friday by attacking her with batons and punches. The transgender woman namely Khushi filed a complaint with the police after the attack. However, she informed police officials that she had earlier lodged another complaint with police about receiving multiple threats from unidentified persons.

Police told The industrial News the victim is a coordinator of the Transgender Association in Korangi. The attack took place in  Korangi-4 near the Darul Uloom (Islamic seminary ), police added. Police said a case had been registered and further investigations are underway.

Kushi and a companion were attacked last year near Korangi’s Darul Uloom, again after filing a harassment complaint. A police report (FIR First Incident Report) was filed in June of 2018 and the suspects were identified, but it is unknown if they were prosecuted or sentenced. reported about this last June:

The Awami Colony police in Korangi on Tuesday registered a case against around half a dozen people for allegedly beating two members of the transgender community in the area late on Monday night, the police said.

They added that around six to seven youths beat Khushi when she tried to prevent them from allegedly harassing another transgender person the eatery.

According to the complaint lodged by Khushi, her colleague Rachna had gone to a restaurant in Korangi-4 (near the Islamic University) at around midnight for a meal where six to seven persons allegedly harassed her.

In the statement before the police, Khushi stated that after receiving the information about the incident when she went there, the suspects started beating her too. As a result, she sustained injuries.

The Awami Colony police have registered an FIR (231/2018) under Sections 147 (punishment for rioting), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object), 337-A-1 (punishment of shajjah) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code against unidentified suspects.

As per social media reports, Khushi and Rachna were attacked when they were coming from the Awami Colony police station after filing the harassment complaint.

The suspects were allegedly harassing them for the past many days.

On Monday night, the transgender community members decided to file the complaint against them.

Later, Khushi was discharged from the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre after first aid.-Staff Reporter


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Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender


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