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Two trans women tortured to death in Saudi Arabia

Posted in: International News
By Daily News staff - 3rd March 2017

Two transgender Pakistani women have allegedly been tortured to death in Saudi Arabia and 22 remain in Police custody after Police raided a home in the capital.

Transgender women protest for their rights in Peshawar, 2011. Photo: A. Majeed
Police raided a house in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, arresting 35 trans people and allegedly killing Pakastani women 35-year-old Amna and 26-year-old Meeno.

The Police allegedly threw the two women into sack and beat them with sticks until their deaths.

Qamar Naseem, feminism and social rights activist from the Blue Veins group spoke to The Independent. “We want information because right now this is a very confusing situation and many in the transgender community in Saudi Arabia are feeling delicate and scared,” she said.

“They are not treated fairly even by criminal law in Saudi Arabia, and it’s not just people from Pakistan, it’s people from different parts of the world.

“Gender fluid people are treated badly, sometimes flogged, and if someone is arrested on the same law for a second time they can be executed.”

He said the group of women were hosting a Pakistani ceremony Guru Chela Chalan in which the trans community chooses their guru.

Homosexuality is illegal in Saudi Arabia and it is alleged that the women were arrested for cross-dressing and having same-sex relationships.

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