he was angry with her for dancing at parties.
In a case of violence against the transgender community in Pakistan, a transgender sister was shot dead by her 13-year-old brother.
Local police official Muhammad Fahim explained that the incident took place on September 10, 2020, in Swabi, a district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
The police official said that the unnamed victim had performed at a dance party in Rawalpindi.
The transgender woman had returned home when her 13-year-old brother opened fire and killed her instantly.
Police have identified the boy as Muhammad Hammad. Officer Fahim confirmed that the boy has been arrested.
According to police, Hammad told officers that he killed his transgender sister because he was angry with her for dancing at parties.
The victim’s body has been taken to Bacha Khan Medical Complex in Shahmansoor and there will be an autopsy.
Police have ensured that a full investigation into her death will take place and have offered assurances of safety to the transgender community in the region.
In Pakistan, transgender people are legally recognised as a third gender. The community includes cross-dressers, transsexuals, eunuchs, hermaphrodites, and transvestites.
It is estimated that there are 500,000 transgender people in Pakistan.
Following their official third-gender classification handed down by the Supreme Court in 2011, members of the community were granted the rights to vote and run for office.
Despite the laws, they face widespread violence, abuse and discrimination. Gay sex and same-sex activity are illegal under Pakistani law.
Many describe themselves as “professional wedding dancers”.
However, some say they are forced to earn a living through begging and prostitution.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, numerous transgender dancers were left homeless due to the closure of wedding halls and cancelled parties.
Many were forced out of their apartments in affluent areas and into single rooms with other transgender dancers.
In recent months, there has been an increase in violence against the transgender community.
On September 9, 2020, a group of unidentified gunmen opened fire on several transgender women on the outskirts of Peshawar.
Transgender activist Gul Panra died of her injuries after being shot six times, reportedly at “point-blank” range. Another victim named Chahat was seriously injured in the shooting.
Farzana, the head of Pakistan’s Transgender Association, said that 73 members of the transgender community have been killed in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region since 2015, with hundreds of other in different regions killed or victims of violence.