A transgender person was shot dead in Mardan while another was critically wounded as the wave of violent attacks targeting the community in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) continues unabated.
Trans women identified as Coconut and Sulemane were reportedly shot at by a passing vehicle while walking home on Friday. Coconut passed away from her injuries, while Sulemane remains at hospital.
Just ten days prior, another transgender woman, Chaanda, was shot and killed in Mardan. Earlier this month, four trans women were injured and one was killed when armed men entered their home and opened fire in Mansehra.
Members of the transgender community, including activist Moiz Mehrub Awan, have called on the National Commission on Human Rights and National Commission on the Status of Women to conduct an inquiry into transphobic attacks across the country.
1. National Commission on Human Rights and National Comission on the Status of Women should order a suo moto inquiry across the country into systematic transphobia
2. Designate transphobic words and actions as a hate crime.
That is it. These are our demands. https://t.co/V3xaeij98V
— Moiz Mehrub Awan (@TMItalks) March 17, 2022
On March 18, the National Commission for Human Rights issued a letter to the Inspector General of Police in KP ordering a report into the murder and hate crimes against transgender persons in the province.
Serious attention needs to be given to the rise in hate crimes against transgender persons in Pakistan. Chairperson @RabiyaJaveri letter to IG Police KP. pic.twitter.com/FTULZMNKjo
— National Commission for Human Rights (@nchrofficial) March 18, 2022
In the past two weeks, three separate attacks on trans women in KP have left three women dead and six injured.
As noted by trans activists, transphobic language in Pakistan is not uncommon. Most recently, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MNA Kanwal Shauzab went on an insulting tirade against Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto, calling him of ‘the third kind.’