TDoR 2016 / 2016 / May / 25 / Alesha


Age 23

25 May 2016
Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Pakistan)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/25-May-2016/Alesha

Alesha [photo:]

Alesha was shot 8 times on the night of Sunday 22nd May and immediately transported to the nearby Lady Reading Hospital. She was ignored by doctors and refused access to either the male or female wards following complaints from staff and patients. She died of her injuries on Wednesday morning.

Alisha was the Peshawar coordinator and one of eight board members of Trans Action Alliance, an advocacy group that has been increasingly vocal in seeking equal rights for transgender people in the province.

In Facebook posts, Trans Action said the gang that shot Alesha specifically targets members of the transgender community, and sometimes sexually assaults them while recording the crime.

For an hour, while Alesha bled, doctors couldn't decide whether to admit her to the men's or women's ward, according to Trans Action. When they finally decided on the men's ward, Trans Action protested, and had her moved to the women's ward, where other women apparently complained.

Then the taunts began, Trans Action said. One doctor allegedly asked a Trans Action volunteer for her telephone number and how much she charges for a dancing party. Another was reportedly asked if her breasts were real. Another asked if the women from Trans Action just danced or also "perform sex," according to the group.

In July 2019 Fazal Dayan alias Fazal Gujjar was convicted of her murder and sentenced to death. His co-accused Rehmatullah was aquitted due to a lack of evidence.

However, in February 2021 the conviction was set aside on appeal.

PESHAWAR: A Peshawar High Court bench on Tuesday acquitted an accused person charged with murder of a transgender person Alishah, whose death had resulted into public outcry in 2016, and set aside the sentence of death awarded to him by a trial court.

The bench of Justice Roohul Amin Khan and Justice Syed M Attique Shah accepted an appeal filed by the convict, Fazal Dayan alias Fazal Gujjar, ruling that the prosecution failed to prove its case against the appellant.

TvT project: The Telegraph & The Express Tribune, 26.05.2016

Report added: 18 Sep 2018. Last updated: 24 Apr 2021

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