Garrison city: Not a safe place for transgender community

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Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—Rights organization working for the uplift and better living conditions of the transgender community has condemned arrest of a transgender ‘Kiran’ by Westridge police expressing serious concerns over the safety and security of the community in the garrison city.
The organization has also called for change in the mindset of society towards transgender community.
Wujood or ‘Existence’ working for the lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender community has registered a strong protest against the incident calling the authorities to ensure transgender community is not exploited, persecuted or harassed by the police, society on roads or in the offices.
Babli Malik, President of the Wajood, while talking to Pakistan Observer here on Sunday said Kiran was on her way to a chemist shop to get medicines when she was intercepted by the police and taken away to the police station. There she was kept in the lockup on the charges of begging and was subjected to third degree torture. She was also deprived of her money around Rs5,000 by the police.
The matter has been taken up at higher level and her tormentors are duly punished yet we want a clear direction by the authorities that such incidents should not recur, said Babli.
“Six days have passed since the incident took place but Kiran’s tormenters and because of the bruises Babli cannot sit comfortably and there are marks of torture on her back and she is in great pain and agony,” said Babli.
“We had taken the matter to the City Police Officer who taking prompt notice directed the DSP Cantt Abdul Rehman to move against those who had subjected Kiran to torture and harassment,” said Malik. She said on the report of the DSP the Station House Officer (SHO) of the Westridge Police Tasawwar Shah was not only suspended but the money was also returned. This is quite reassuring yet we are waiting for the day when no such incident takes place again, said Babli Malik.