Pakistan Makes Arrests After Killing, Mutilation Of Transgender Person

Pakistani media are reporting that two suspects have been detained in Peshawar after a transgender woman was shot dead and her body mutilated.

Police Superintendent Cantt Waseem Riaz told Dawn newspaper on August 17 the victim had been shot dead the night before and that her body was then hacked to pieces.

The newspaper reported that one of the suspects was arrested early on August 17 carrying a bag of body parts that were determined to belong to the victim, identified only as Nazo.

Geo News reported that the shooting occurred during a wedding ceremony when a person opened fire after the victim asked one of the guests to stop harassing her.

TransAction Pakistan, an activist group supporting the rights of transgender persons, condemned the brutal attack and said Nazo's death was the 62nd killing of a transgender person in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province since 2015.

The group added that at least 1,133 incidents of other forms of violence had been committed against the transgender community in the province from 2015 to 2017.

Earlier this year, activists said a transgender person and friend were shot dead in Peshawar after unidentified persons opened fire as the two were riding in a rickshaw.

Based on reporting by Dawn, The Daily Times, Geo TV, and Pakistan Today