KARACHI: Unidentified armed men driving an SUV in DHA’s Shahbaz Commercial area in Phase VI shot and killed a transgender person on Tuesday night.
Chanda, 25, was shot multiple times after there was an exchange of heated words between her and the men, initial reports say. Her body was shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The police have yet to ascertain the motive behind the killing, and an investigation to find the culprits is underway, said the Karachi Police Media Cell in a statement.
This was not the first time a transgender person was fired upon or had to bear with maltreatment in the country. Last year, K-P’s Trans Action Alliance coordinator succumbed to injuries after she was shot six times in Peshawar.
Alesha was shifted to Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar in critical condition a day earlier. Unfortunately, instead of providing Alesha the urgent care required, the LRH officials busied themselves in a circular debate over which ward she was to be shifted to, the male or female ward. Despite several requests to move her to the female ward, the injured was shifted to the male ward, triggering a protest from the transgender community and her relatives.
Failing to address her wounds immediately, LRH authorities were unable to recover Alesha with her eventually succumbing to her wounds.
In a separate incident in October 2016, a number of hateful posters had surfaced at a mall on Tariq Road – one of Karachi’s most vibrant shopping areas – lending credence to the idea of ‘beheading’ transpeople.
‘Hijray mard hain [Transwomen are men]’ are the words inscribed in large, bold font on the posters. The words are given as a reference to some ‘Pakistan High Court’ while there is no such institution in the country.