Pak­istan ar­rests 10 for flog­ging trans­gen­der

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Pak­istani po­lice ar­rested 10 al­leged mem­bers of a crim­i­nal gang yes­ter­day ac­cused of flog­ging a trans­gen­der woman and post­ing a video of the abuse on so­cial me­dia, of­fi­cials said. The ar­rests were made in the east­ern city of Sialkot af­ter a video of the flog­ging was shared thou­sands of times on so­cial me­dia, said po­lice of­fi­cial Iqbal Sindhu.

The video shows the gang leader pin­ning the woman face down on a bed with his foot and beat­ing her with what ap­pears to be a leather belt. At one point, while an­other gang mem­ber con­tin­ues the flog­ging, the leader places his foot on the vic­tim’s neck and twists her arms. Po­lice chief Abid Khan said five of those ar­rested have been charged with tor­ture and ex­tor­tion, while the other five are un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The al­leged gang leader, who iden­ti­fied him­self as Ja­jja, told Dunya News that he was friends with the vic­tim. “I was pun­ish­ing him be­cause he didn’t re­frain from his bad habits, which I pointed out to him sev­eral times,” he said in an in­ter­view con­ducted while he was in po­lice cus­tody. Trans­gen­der peo­ple in Pak­istan are so­cial out­casts who are of­ten forced into beg­ging, danc­ing and pros­ti­tu­tion to earn money. Fear­ing at­tacks, most ei­ther change their names or use only one name.

Trans­Ac­tion, a lo­cal trans­gen­der rights group, posted a video in­ter­view with an­other trans­gen­der woman who iden­ti­fied her­self as Jolie and said she was present when the at­tack took place. She said the gang mem­bers barged into a house where sev­eral trans­gen­der women were liv­ing, beat­ing and tor­tur­ing one of them for sev­eral hours and shav­ing the heads of oth­ers. Sindhu, the po­lice of­fi­cial, con­firmed Jolie was present at the scene. — AP

SIALKOT: Peo­ple al­legedly in­volved in the flog­ging of a trans­gen­der per­son ar­rive at a court in Sialkot, Pak­istan yes­ter­day. — AP

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