Two transgender Pakistanis tortured to dying in Saudi Arabia

Two transgender individuals, each natives of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (Ok-P), died on Tuesday after being subjected to torture allegedly by Saudi police in Riyadh for dressing up as girls in public. Thirty-five transgender individuals have been arrested by a legislation enforcement company for cross-dressing, which is a punishable offence within the kingdom.
A relaxation home was raided the place a ‘Guru Chela Chalan’ gathering, a proper assembly of Khuwaja Sara wherein they select their Guru (chief) and Chelas (College students), was going down.
Amna, 35, who belonged to the Mingora space of Swat and Meeno, 26, who was from Peshawar died in police custody. The police allegedly packed them in sacks and thrashed them with sticks in jail.
Colonel Fawaz bin Jameel alMaiman, the police’s media spokesperson in Riyadh, informed a neighborhood information company that the field-control administration had the positioning underneath fixed surveillance. Girls’s clothes and jewelry have been additionally recovered from the remaining home.
He added that the 35 individuals inside had been apprehended.
“Majority of the arrested, belong to Ok-P and the others from different cities of Pakistan. Torturing people after throwing them into baggage and beating them with sticks is inhumane,” stated Qamar Naseem, a transgender rights activist.
Whereas 11 have been launched later after paying a tremendous of 150,000 riyals, 22 are nonetheless in police custody, Naseem added.
The struggling ended for these two after being bodily tortured, nevertheless, the remaining are nonetheless languishing in Saudi jails, he added.
”Nobody is there to save lots of them because the lifetime of a transgender just isn’t of any worth to anybody, not even for our personal authorities,” he lamented.
Naseem stated that the Nationwide Fee for Human Rights had been contacted and they’re awaiting their response.
Chatting with The media, Farzana, a transgender individual, stated that in the event that they have been concerned in any criminality the police ought to take them to courtroom as an alternative of beating them like animals.
”Ending somebody’s life with out a courtroom ruling is in itself unlawful,” Farzana stated.
She claimed the dominion wouldn’t even enable a transgender individual to carry out Hajj or Umrah.
The ‘Kabbah’ just isn’t their property — it’s god’s property and each Muslim has a proper to go to, she added.
In 2016, native media reported that the Saudi consul-general in Islamabad, in a notification issued to the Journey Brokers Affiliation of Pakistan (TAAP), warned towards granting visas to transgender individuals for Umrah pilgrimage.
TAAP has denied receiving directions from the Saudi authorities for not issuing visas to transgender individuals who want to go to the holy land.

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