Shokir ShavkatovAge 25
13 Sep 2019
Decapitated and dismembered
Shokir Shavkatov was found murdered after leaving a nightclub with two men. After media published details of the hate crime, local activists confirmed her gender identity.
Police in the Uzbek capital Tashkent say they have detained two men in connection with the brutal murder of a young [trans woman] in the country where homosexuality is officially considered a crime.
A representative of the police department in Tashkent's Yunusobod district told RFE/RL on September 13 that two suspects were charged with the murder of 25-year-old Shokir Shavkatov, whose body was found a day earlier.
The officer, who asked that his name was not mentioned as he was not authorized to give out information on an ongoing investigation, told RFE/RL that Shavkatov was found with two stab wounds in [her] body and [her] throat cut so deeply that [she ]was almost decapitated.
Shavkatov had said that he was gay on Instagram. [Her] mother told RFE/RL that authorities refused to release her [daughter]'s body for burial, which, according to Islamic traditions, must be buried before sunset after the death.
Shavkatovâ€™s friend, who only gave his first name, Aziz, told RFE/RL that Shavkatov was in a nightclub on September 12. [She] left the club late at night with two men, Aziz said, and went to an apartment in Tashkent where [she] most likely was attacked and eventually killed. It is not clear at this point if the murder was a hate crime, but a gay resident of Tashkent told RFE/RL that he believed it was.