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Transgender in Pakistan set on fire by four men for resisting sexual assault

The transgender suffered 80 per cent burn injuries and died while he was being taken to a hospital in Lahore.

world Updated: Sep 09, 2018 18:30 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Lahore
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Pakistani transgender people and activists of civil society protest to condemn the killing of their colleague, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. A transgender person was shot dead on Thursday night, police said. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)(AP File Photo/Representative Image )

A transgender in Pakistan died on Saturday after he was set on fire allegedly by four persons when he resisted their attempt to sexually assault him.

The transgender suffered 80 per cent burn injuries and died while he was being taken to a hospital in Lahore.

According to police, the four accused took the transgender to a deserted place near a cab station in Sahiwal district, around 250 kms from Lahore, on Thursday and set him on fire after he resisted their attempt to sexually assault him.

In the north part of Pakistan, transgender community is very unsafe. The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Human Rights Directorate has taken serious notice of the rise in the incidents of violence against transgenders and has directed all departments concerned to share their investigation into the murder of transgender persons recently on a daily basis.

Pakistan’s parliament in May last year passed a law guaranteeing basic rights for transgender citizens and outlawing discrimination by both employers and private business owners.

First Published: Sep 09, 2018 18:29 IST