Police In Saudi Arabia Kill Two People For “Cross-Dressing”

“No one is there to save them as the life of a transgender is not of any value to anyone.”

Two Pakistanis have reportedly been tortured to death by police in Saudi Arabia simply for wearing women’s clothing.

The Pakistani publication Express Tribune reports that the two victims were among 35 “transgender people” arrested during a raid in the capital city of Riyadh for “cross-dressing,” which is a punishable offense in Saudi Arabia.

Meeno, 26, and Amna, 35, were allegedly forced by police into sacks and then thrashed with sticks while in prison. They died while in police custody.

Pakistani eunuchs and their supporters protest in the wake of the killing of transgender female Alisha, in Lahore on May 28, 2016.  Alisha, who was shot eight times earlier this week allegedly by a disgruntled customer, succumbed to her wounds at Peshawar's Lady Reading Hospital on May 25. The 25-year-old's murder is the fifth reported case of violence against trans people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa this year. / AFP / ARIF ALI        (Photo credit should read ARIF ALI/AFP/Getty Images)
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“Torturing humans after throwing them into bags and beating them with sticks is inhumane,” said Qamar Naseem, a transgender rights activist. “No one is there to save them as the life of a transgender is not of any value to anyone, not even for our own government.”

Naseem, who has contacted the National Commission for Human Rights, adds that while some detainees were released after paying a fine, many still remain in police custody.

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