Peshawar Transgender Woman Spogmai murdered

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Spogmai
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Spogmai / Facebook Transaction Pakistan

Transgender woman Spogmai, 24, was shot in her Peshawar apartment Sunday 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.

Spogmai
Spogmai is an Islamic name meaning “Moon of Paradise” / Transaction Pakistan Facebook

LRH spokesperson Asim Khan told Pakistan Today Spogmai was admitted in critical condition with six gunshot wounds, then moved to Intensive care but later succumbed to her injuries.

As tragic as this is at least Spogmai was admitted to LHR, unlike Transaction Pakistan’s Alesha who needlessly died in the hallways of the hospital after being refused treatment because of her trans status.

UPDATE: Spogmai’s male family members initially refused to claim her body according to Transaction Pakistan, but her mother has now stepped forward and retrieved her from the hospital.

TransAction Pakistan posted on Facebook: immediately following her death:

The family of Spogmai has refused to collect her body and perform her funeral. Spogmai was part of TransAction and we are very happy to be her family. We will collect the body and perform her funeral with honor and respect which she deserved. she was just 24 years old. She left Balochistan to find a good life in Peshawar. She was so happy just one day ago. My heart bleeds. I have no words.”

Transaction Pakistan reports that in the past 2 years that there have been 53 transgender people murdered in the KP region of Pakistan. This area includes the Swat valley in the Northwest of the country known for Saudi incited violence and terrorist indoctrination.

پشاور: خواجا شہید پشاور میں پشاور میں گولی مار کر ہلاک ہوگئے: خواجه صادق خیبر سپر مارکیٹ میں ہلاک ہوگئے. فائرنگ کے نتیجے میں، لیڈی ریڈنگ ہسپتال نے خواجہ ہسپتال منتقل کردی. پشاور:
جان ہسپتال کے ترجمان جان مر گئے، ہسپتال میں زخموں کو نقصان پہنچا نہیں
پشاور. حملے اور فائرنگ کے بعد کامیابی سے فرار ہوگیا.

R.I.P Spogmai

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Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender

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