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Transgender Pakistanis Demand Protection After Murder, Dismemberment

A Pakistani transgender comforts her colleague who mourns the death of her friend, during a protest in Peshawar on August 20

Dozens of transgender people in Pakistan have staged a protest demanding more protection after a transgender woman was shot dead and dismembered in Peshawar.

The protesters gathered on August 20 outside the Peshawar Press Club chanting: "We want protection. We want respect and rights."

On August 16, a transgender woman named as Nazo was shot dead during a wedding ceremony in Peshawar and her body mutilated.

One of two suspects arrested in the case was apprehended early on August 17 carrying a bag of the victim’s dismembered body parts that he reportedly was rying to dispose.

Farzana Jan, president of Transgender Association, says 62 transgender people have been killed since 2015 in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.

She says 478 violent attacks have been reported against transgender people in the province so far in 2018.

TransAction Pakistan, an activist group supporting the rights of transgender persons, says at least 1,133 cases of violence were committed against members of the transgender community in the province from 2015 to 2017.

Based on reporting by AP, Dawn, The Daily Times, Geo TV, and Pakistan Today