Nine arrested for torturing transgender in Pakistan

Islamabad, Nov 14 (IANS) In a swift action on Monday, police in Pakistan’s Sialkot city have arrested nine suspects, including prime accused Jajja, for “brutally” torturing a transgender, a media report said.

A case was registered against the suspects belonging to “Tinda Group” after a video showing a transgender person’s brutal torture went viral, Dunya News reported.

The prime accused allegedly thrashed the transgender person for organising a function without his permission. Tinda Group has forbidden the transgender community to do any function without its permission.

Police have named 18 suspects in the First Information Report (FIR) while nine of them have been detained so far.

As outcasts, transgender people are often forced into begging, dancing and even prostitution to earn money. They also live in fear of attacks, causing most to either change their names or use only one name to give them anonymity in the society.