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.
“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.