Father is arrested after his transgender daughter, 19, is found ‘riddled with bullets’ on river bank in Pakistan
- Transgender woman Maya Aurangzeb found shot dead on river bank near home
- Father Aurangzeb Akbar arrested over her murder in Nowshera, Pakistan
- Maya’s friends were concerned her family would harm their son and called police when Maya went home
- Transgender people in Pakistan are subject to abuse and in some cases ‘honour killings’
Police in Pakistan have arrested a man for murdering his own transgender son, in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Transgender woman Aftab Aurangzeb, 19, also known as Maya, had been staying with friends in Peshawar, the provincial capital.
It is believed the teenager had been unwilling to return home to her family.
The body of Aftab Aurangzeb, also known as Maya, was found ‘riddled with bullets’ on a river bank near the village of Khat-Kalay, Nowshera in Pakistan
Officer Azmat Khan said the father, Aurangzeb Akbar, had given the police written assurance that he would not harm his son, and were allowed to take her home.
Maya’s friends were worried that the family would harm the son, so they involved the police when Maya was brought home, asking for written assurance.
Maya’s bullet riddled body was found on Saturday night at a river bank in his home town of Nowshera.
In Pakistan’s conservative society, transgender persons can be subjected to abuse and sometimes so-called ‘honour killings’ by their families
Her body was taken to Nowshera district’s main hospital where a postmortem will take place.
In Pakistan’s conservative society, transgender persons can be subjected to abuse and sometimes so-called ‘honour killings’ by their families.
Last year, politicians passed the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, which gives Pakistan’s transgender population basic rights and prohibits discrimination and harassment.