Two Transgender Women In Pakistan Gang-Raped, Beaten, In Their Own Home

Activists complain police haven't investigated the attack.

Two transgender women were sexually assaulted in Karachi, Pakistan, by a group of men who broke into a home they shared with other trans women.

Trans Action Pakistan reports that the victims were attacked by at least five men when they refused to entertain them. Others allegedly watched as they and other women in the house were physically assaulted, as well.

Three of the suspects have been identified while two remain unknown. But Sindh Transgender Network (STN) coordinator Ihsan Ali claims authorities have not followed through on an investigation.

“They did not even order a physical examination, which is a basic requirement for any rape case. Neither have they visited the area in the past five days.”

STN is petitioning the court to have police register a First Information Report, the first step in a criminal proceeding, and to protest this and other recent attacks on the city’s trans community.

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On August 30, a trans woman known as Chanda was gunned down in Karachi’s Defence area. The attackers first harassed a group of transgender women by throwing rotten eggs, before opening fire on them and driving away.

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