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Pakistani transgender set on fire for resisting sexual assault

The horrifying crime is one more example of the danger transgender people face in Pakistan

Update : 11 Sep 2018, 07:10 PM

A transgender woman in Pakistan died on Saturday after being set afire by four men when she resisted sexual assault, Times of India reported.

According to police, the four accused took the transgender to a deserted place near a cab station in Sahiwal district, around 250km from Lahore on Thursday. She fought back when they tried to assault her, and then they set her on fire. She suffered burns on 80% of her body and died while being transported to a hospital.

Local media misgendered her, but Trans Action Pakistan confirmed her female identity to the UK’s Pink News. Her name has not been released, and no one has claimed her body, according to the group. The attackers have apparently been identified, but it’s unclear if they are in police custody.

Transgender people in Pakistan can often experience violence and hate crimes as a result of their gender identity. Although Pakistan’s parliament passed a transgender rights bill this year and the nation has seen a surge in trans people running for office, transgender residents still face extreme danger.

Last month two men were arrested for the murder and dismemberment of a trans woman in Peshawar. In April a trans woman was beaten and shot to death by a group of men in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region in northern Pakistan. She was the 56th trans murder victim in the region in the past three years, Pink News reports.

The region’s Human Rights Directorate has ordered police departments in the area to share information on anti-trans violence daily, according to the Times. Throughout the nation, activists have held numerous protests against the violence.

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