Transgender woman is kidnapped, tortured and gang-raped at gun point in latest shocking sex attack in Pakistan
- Trans-person was driving to Jhang, Pakistan, when five men intercepted the car
- Pulled them from the group of four and raped by two men, on September 20
- Victim was dropped in Sahiwal and friend picked them up before going to police
- Harappa police were reluctant to listen and they went to a district officer instead
A transgender person was dragged out of a car before being tortured and raped by two men in a Pakistan city – and their case was only registered by police nearly a month later.
Four transgender people, from Kamalia in Pakistan, were booked for a festival show at the Mai Maseet Wali Mela near the village Dhoop Sari, on September 20.
They were driving to the city of Jhang when five men intercepted and pulled one of the group to a nearby farmhouse, around 2am.
A transgender person from Kamalia, Pakistan, was tortured and gang-raped near Dhoop Sari on September 20. The victim and their friend reported the incident to Harappa police who were ‘reluctant’ to act and they were forced to turn to a district officer instead (file image)
The group were driving to the city of Jhang (pictured are army soldiers riding through Jhang’s streets to prevent sectarian clashes) when five men intercepted and pulled one of the group to a nearby farmhouse, around 2am on the Saturday
Two raped one of the passenger’s while three armed men were on guard.
The victim was later dropped 20 kilometres away in Sahiwal, where they were then collected by colleague Binyamin who was at the festival venue.
The pair reported the incident to Harappa police who were ‘reluctant’ to act on the case, according to Binyamin.
While they received the medical certificate which confirmed the rape, the incident was still registered late at Sahiwal’s government office on the Saturday.
Police arrested five suspects and two of them were nominated.
A district officer was forced to order the first information report because the Harappa police were reluctant to listen to the victim.
The victim was later dropped 20 kilometres away in Sahiwal, where they were then collected by colleague Binyamin who was at the festival venue (pictured is a man driving two camel in front a crowd in Sahiwal)
Harappa force and two people were being threatened to withdraw their case otherwise they would face ‘dire consequences’, Binyamin told Dawn.
As a consequence they demanded help from the Sahiwal regional police officer and inspector general of police.
The rape case was finally registered just under a month later on October 19.
Shakeela, a trans dancer from northern Pakistan, says she was beaten and had her head shaved after refusing to pay protection money to local gangsters on June 4
Sources said a transgender delegation from Kamalia was holding talks with the district police high-ups for redressal of their grievances.
This is not the first time that a transgender dancer has been targeted in Pakistan as Shakeela, from Mardan in northern Pakistan, was kidnapped and had her hair shaved off on June 4.
She was demanded to pay 1million rupees (about £5,000) by her kidnappers and when she explained she could not afford this amount, she was beaten up.
This was the second time she was attacked and the police had failed to take action, according to the Trans Action Pakistan group.
And this is in spite of Pakistan passing legislation that extended driver’s licenses to transgender people last year and they are now able to identify as ‘third gender’ on their passports.
Farzana Jan (left), the leader of group Trans Action Pakistan, said the group has extorted money from Shakeela twice before but police failed to act. Shakeela was demanded to pay 1million rupees by her kidnappers