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Peshawar

December 6, 2017

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Transgender community protests

Transgender community protests

PESHAWAR: The members of transgender community on Tuesday staged a protest against the police for what they argued not ‘filing’ cases against alleged extortionists.
The protesting transgender first gathered in front of the Peshawar Press Club and later marched towards the building of the Provincial Assembly and staged a protest there.
They were carrying banners and placards inscribed with slogans in favour of their demands and against the police.
General Secretary Transgender Association Arzu was leading the protest.
The speakers said that around 54 transgender persons had been killed and other 599 were subjected to physical torture over the last two years but the police did not take any action against the murderers and other hooligans.
She said that the transgender people were receiving threatening calls from alleged extortionists who demand paying extortion to them and warn them of dire consequences if they refuse to do so.
She said that recently a transgender Spogmai was killed but the police could not arrest the killers, adding transgender were harassed and assaulted frequently but the accused were roaming free without the fear of being arrested by the police.
They threatened to stage a sit-in against the provincial government if they were not provided protection and those involved in attacking the community members were not arrested.

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