Transgender rape victims appeal for justice

On July 31, 2106 The Express Tribune reported from ISLAMABAD: Transgender persons are sex objects so how could they be raped. This is what we heard in response to our case plea a few days ago, said three transgender women, who were allegedly raped in Faisalabad.

These three transgender women have come to Islamabad to take refuge after being denied justice and losing all their savings, shelter and source of earning. They claimed that they are continuously being harassed by the accused, who is now threatening to throw acid on them.

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“Even the police are not with us, said Nasima*,” one of the transgender women.

“We are appealing to the prime minister of Pakistan, Lahore High Court chief Justice and chief justice of Pakistan for justice; after all we are also human beings, citizen of this country and now a victim of rape and torture, ”she said.

Sharing the details, she said when they went for lodging the first information report (FIR) the police instead of helping them, made fun of them and asked for taking pictures with them. Nasima said one of the police officials said to them, “You people have been raped not murdered; it is not any unusual thing that happened to you people, so relax.”

Later when she went to a hospital to undergo a medical examination to prove that she had been raped a doctor there suggested her to stop pursuing this issue rather getting into more trouble.

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“We are helpless, scared, shattered but not without hope,” she said.

Nasima, who was born in Faisalabad, had to face a lot of criticism from her family because of her being a ‘transgender’. “My parents used to call me ‘Khusra’ when I was too young and even unaware of this term,” she said. After being ignored by the parents she did her FSc and diploma in textile designing and started working at various restaurants and offices to earn a living.

“But people did not accept me. They used to taunt me with various indecent names and a time came when I could not take it anymore and decided to join the transgender community,” she said.

“When even my parents refused to accept me then how I could expect others?” she asked.

Nazia* another transgender woman said, “I was raped just because I am a transgender. The person who raped me knew that no one would hear my plea just because our bodies are considered a public property or a sex object.”

via Transgender rape victims appeal for justice – The Express Tribune

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