TDoR 2020 / 2020 / May / 09 / Heerawas


9 May 2020
Rohtas Fort, Jhelum, Punjab (Pakistan)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/9-May-2020/Heerawas


Heerawas's body was found dumped in a well near the 16th century fortress of Rohtas Fort. She had travelled there from Rathiaan seeking charity.

Police are investigating the murder of a trans woman whose body was recovered from a well in Pakistan over the weekend.

Local police were alerted to the body by a passerby on Saturday, May 9. It had been dumped in a well near Rohtas Fort, a 16th-century fortress located near the city of Jhelum in the Pakistani province of Punjab.

The victim was taken to the district hospital for an autopsy. There she was identified as Heerawas, a resident of Rathiaan, a village about 15 kilometres away.

According the local transgender community, who rushed to the hospital when news of the death spread, Heerawas had gone to Rohtas Fort seeking charity.

A post mortem report showed that the victim had been struck with a sharp object in the head, but little else is known about her final hours.

Report added: 19 Jul 2020. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

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